August 18, 2011, 10:02 am
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I thought I might be over my head when I was less than five pages into reading Tony Dungy’s book Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. Mr. Dungy wrote, “Everyone has a different expectation for us as men: be a provider, be tough, be sensitive, don’t cry, stay home, go to work, change diapers, go hang out with the boys, don’t go hang out with the boys, and so on.”

I’m not a man. I am wife to one and mother to two future men.  As such, I found Mr. Dungy’s book to be of great comfort. I enjoyed his calm tone. As a former NFL player and coach, Tony Dungy has been surrounded by men in their twenties who join the NFL and who stuggle with questions of manhood. He writes, “I feel it’s important that the players and coaches on our team understand the platforms they have in their lives. . . . Some are husbands. Some are fathers. . . . All have platforms they can use to make a difference in the lives of those in their circle of influence.”

At the end of the day, it is not whether you win or lose the football game, but whether you are living the uncommon life. This life is one of integrity, compassion, and strength. Tony Dungy writes of football players who seek money and fame for all it is worth. When all that disappears, what they most want are the family and friends that were neglected.



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