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Uncommon

Uncommon can best be described as a self-help book for men written by a famous NFL coach.  Tony Dungy is an interesting man and even though he only played and coached for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a few years he did stand out as an uncommon man.  Subtitled “finding your path to significance,” Tony Dungy shares many personal examples and experiences of others to reinforce his thoughts on such subjects as character, fatherhood, friendship, mentoring, career, priorities, and faith.  It is obvious how much his belief in God steers his life which might seem a little at odds with his life as a successful professional football coach.  It was nice that he gave some recognition to players who share his values.  As a Pittsburgh Steeler fan I, of course, loved the references to the organization and none more than to former coach Chuck Noll, the greatest NFL coach ever (how many others can claim four NFL titles?). 

Quiet Strength

As someone who lives in Steeler Country I have great memories of Tony Dungy as both a player and a coach.  I think the best way to describe the impact that he had was the fact that he only played a few years here yet I remember his play.  It was always noted about how “football” smart he was and that he would certainly become a coach and though his playing career was rather short he soon became the coach of former teammates who were much older.  In Quiet Strength  Tony Dungy shares his journey as a player, coach, Super Bowl champion , and most important to him, father and man of God. 

Find A Way

If you had asked me two months ago who my top ten favorites Steelers were Merril Hoge probably would not have been even on my list…maybe not even on my top 25.  He was a running back during the years toward the end of Emperor Chuck Noll’s coaching days and the start of Bill Cowher’s tenure.  There were some solid teams, but no where near the glory days of the franchise.  A good friend recommended his book saying that she found inspiration in his words and that intrigued me so it was off to Amazon for me.

Entitlement

The City of Pittsburgh generally lands in the top ten when a list of “the most livable cities” is created.  In the most recent poll by Forbes, Pittsburgh landed in the tenth spot.  Having lived here I cannot think of a better place to live and raise a family.  My wife and I did decide to move out of the city, however, for two primary reasons; Pittsburgh’s excessive taxes and poor schools. 

It is an interesting contrast to be one of the top ten most livable communities while the City is in receivership because they spend too much money and the schools are poor.  Pittsburgh is, however, blessed by having great universities, phenomenal health care facilities, great cultural amenities, and world champion sports teams.

Racism In America

The election of Barack Hussien Obama was supposed to usher in the post-racial age in America.  In a disturbing example of racist views, several National Football League players commented that they would not play for an owner who happens to have a different skin color.  The proposed owner is part of an investment group that is looking to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

Super Bowl XLIII Results Overturned

Tampa, Florida:   In a surprising move, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers would NOT be awarded their sixth Lombardi Trophy.  Goodell and the league seemingly bowed to pressure from the Justice Organization for Losing Teams (“JOLT“) to spread the trophies around and award the trophy to the Arizona Cardinals.  The Cardinals have never won the Super Bowl.

JOLT President, Trevor Sexton hailed the decision as he protested in front of Mr. Goodell’s home with the four other members of JOLT; “This is a great day for sports justice.  The Pittsburgh Steelers already had FIVE Lombardi Trophies and that is just not fair to the other teams.”  Sexton added;  “It is great that the NFL is embracing the issue of fairness.”