Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy gave an inspiring speech to the Michigan Wolverines last Thursday, and the players' response proves Dungy's mentality would work wonders in college football.
The Wolverines eventually lost their bowl game 33-28 to the favored South Carolina Gamecocks, but as Dungy told the young men, there is much more to life than just football.
His message resonated with many of the players, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.
Here's what defensive lineman Craig Roh said about the speech:
"The thing about Tony Dungy is he puts everything in perspective," Roh said. :Football really is just a game.... If you get too wrapped up in achievements, it will ultimately fail you. ... Ultimately it's serving people, the people around you."
Dungy also made an impact on linebacker Desmond Morgan:
He talked a lot about leadership outside of football and got a lot of messages across that I will take to heart and will take on."
Dungy is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, but it's not his football knowledge that would make him a dream hire for the nation's top programs. His more attractive asset is his ability to help young men grow as people.
As the two men said, parents would be praying that their sons would have the opportunity to learn under Dungy. It doesn't matter what a young man's class, race or religion is, Dungy is the quality role model that many college players need.
When you also consider his desire to help people, and of course his natural coaching ability, there's no denying Dungy would make an excellent college football coach.
Hopefully a school will be lucky enough to have him soon.