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Tony Dungy: ‘Courageous’ will impact men

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has watched the upcoming film “Courageous,” and he wants other men to do so as well.

“It’s a great movie. I think men, especially, are going to look at this and really connect and identify,” Dungy told LifeWay Christian Resources’ Jason Ellerbrook and Scott Mills in a webcast on LifeWay’s website. The webcast was part of a series called “Stand Firm,” where Ellerbrook and Mills interview high-profile Christian men.

“Every guy who looks at this [movie],” Dungy said, “is going to see themselves in some way and say, ‘How can I be better with the hole in my parenting?’ I think it’s going to be special.”

Courageous, which opens Sept. 30, is the latest film from the Georgia church — Sherwood Baptist — that made “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants.” With a police force as the film’s backdrop, the story follows five men as they seek to become better fathers. Most reviewers who have seen Courageous are calling it the best film yet from Sherwood.

Dungy, an outspoken Christian involved with the All Pro Dad fatherhood organization, said he could connect with the movie’s main character, Adam (played by Alex Kendrick).

“He loves his family, but in the first part of the movie he is into his job, and not doing his job at home — but he recognizes it,” Dungy said. “And I think that was me for a long while. I was into my job. I wanted my kids to do great, but I knew I had some issues and I recognized I needed to be able to spend more quality time with my kids.”
Michael Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press. The full interview with Dungy, where he discusses football and his life, can be viewed at

Read how your church can get involved in Courageous at http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=35942.

Read Baptist Press’ review of Courageous at

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