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2007 Super Bowl Miami

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‘NFL Experience’ shows youth minister value of conversation

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Jeanty Danmervil (left), a Miami youth minister, answers a visitor’s questions about where his children can meet an NFL player making an appearance in the Kids Zone at the NFL Experience held in conjunction with Super Bowl XLI in Miami.Photo by Bob Carey
MIAMI (BP)--Jeanty Danmervil got a real NFL experience when Super Bowl XLI came to Miami.
      Danmervil worked at one of the National Football League’s most popular Super Bowl week activities: the “NFL Experience.” In a theme park-like setting, the NFL Experience allows children to grandparents to try their hand at passing, running, blocking and other football skills. The event also features various displays, a card show and a chance to meet NFL players.
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San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan McCardell was among the NFL players and coaches who interacted with children at the NFL Experience’s Kids Zone in the run-up to at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Photo by Bob Carey

      Danmervil, youth minister at Miami’s Immanuel Baptist Church, got involved when a pastor gave him a copy of an e-mail from Tim Knopps, who was helping place managers with the NFL Experience. Knopps, who has been involved with Super Bowl initiatives for 10 years, works closely with the local organizing committees and helps churches interface with the yearly event.

Indianapolis Colts’ Tony Dungy, at
NFL’s pinnacle, points still higher to God

MIAMI (BP)--Tony Dungy closed out a soggy night riding the back of his players with his fists clinched, pointing to the sky, after his Indianapolis Colts captured Super Bowl XLI, 29-17, over the Chicago Bears Sunday night in Miami.
      Dungy again used his nationally televised platform to give glory to God during the post-game awards ceremony.
      In the awards ceremony in Dolphin Stadium, CBS announcer Jim Nantz asked Dungy to comment on the significance of being the first African American head coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. "I’m proud to be representing African American coaches," Dungy said. "... It means an awful lot to our country."

Michael Irvin was ready for ‘a hard & painful’ lesson

MIAMI (BP)--Michael Irvin’s mother always said when God closes a door, He opens a window. When the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Irvin noted the wisdom of his mother’s words.

Asst. coaches also spiritual leaders on NFL’s top teams

MIAMI (BP)--Indianapolis Colts associate head coach Jim Caldwell has been interviewed, analyzed, praised, blasted, hired and fired during nearly 30 years as a coach on the NFL, college and high school level.

CBS’ Nantz: Owner’s, coaches’ beliefs worthy of airtime

MIAMI (BP)—-When CBS announcer Jim Nantz asked Colts owner Jim Irsay and head coach Tony Dungy for comments after winning the AFC title two weeks ago, each man gave credit to God before a national TV audience.

FIRST-PERSON: Is it really so Super?

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Prior to Super Bowl VI between Dallas and Miami in 1972, Cowboys' running back Duane Thomas was asked by a reporter what it felt like to be playing in the ultimate football game. Thomas replied, “If it’s the ultimate, why are they going to play it again next year?”

Tony Dungy gives priority to annual Super Bowl breakfast & time to share his beliefs

POSTED Saturday, February 3, 2007.

"I’m very proud to be the first African American head coach in the Super Bowl along with my friend Lovie Smith. But more than that the fact you have two Christian coaches who show you can do things a different way....I’m more proud of that than anything else.”
Tony Dungy
MIAMI (BP)--Athletes in Action celebrated its 19th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast with Tony Dungy as the first-ever Super Bowl coach to appear in person a day before the most pivotal juncture in his coaching life.
      “We usually have special team practice and meetings the day before a game,” Dungy said, “but because I’m the boss, I can set the schedule. So we just pushed everything back today to be here.”
      Denver Broncos safety John Lynch was given the prestigious Bart Starr Award for his longtime excellence on and off the field, but the clear highlight of the program was the appearance by Dungy and his wife Lauren.

Reggie White remembered at NFL gospel celebration

POSTED Saturday, February 3, 2007.

MIAMI (BP)--“This is our chance to have peace and fellowship in a world of chaos,” St. Louis Rams tight end Roland Williams said at Friday night’s eighth annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. “We play in a violent game, but this gives us peace,” Williams said at the officially sanctioned Super Bowl XLI event featuring an evening of gospel music and testimonies by more than two dozen current and former NFL players.

Among the Colts, faith has made a difference, players say

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When defensive back Matt Giordano (shown in an Indianapolis Colts file photo) reads his Bible on Miami’s beaches during Super Bowl week, “I’m ready for the day.” Photo by Jason Chapman/Indianapolis Colts
MIAMI (BP)—From South Beach with all its glitz and glamour to an array of parties in other parts of Miami, the Super Bowl XLI scene is one large distraction for faith-filled players and coaches.
      Indianapolis Colts defensive back Matt Giordano has found a way to keep his focus on the things of Christ.
      “There’s not many times where I get to read my Bible outside on the beach in Indianapolis, especially in the wintertime,” he said.

Bears credit Lovie Smith for coaching without cursing

MIAMI (BP)--Chicago Bears offensive tackle John St. Clair says he is proud to play for head coach Lovie Smith, who not only shares his faith in Christ publicly but has led his team to the Super Bowl without the need to berate or curse at his players.