Tony Dungy Patron Saint Of The NFL

Craig KnappContributor IAugust 19, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and his child on the sideline before the Colts take on the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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So I guess Tony Dungy has now appointed himself as the moral compass of the NFL.

Or he has just become the guy who wants to stick his nose in everyone else’s business. Does he really care or is he just clamoring for media attention?

Doesn’t he know that’s Brett Favre’s Job?

This week Dungy decides to comment on The Dan Patrick Show about Rex Ryan’s profanity laced yet super awesome performance in the first episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks. It seems that Dungy didn’t care for Ryan’s 11 F-bombs and other various cuss words he used.

Dungy said that he wouldn’t hire Ryan as a coach and then went as far as saying NFL Commish Roger Goodell should investigate the matter and get involved.

First of all it’s football and a lot of coaches yell and cuss. Maybe that’s not Dungy’s style but he’s been around long enough to know that some coaches motivate that way. All the players are adults and should be able to handle the odd swear word.

But this isn’t Dungy’s first foray in being a high school guidance councilor. He’s advised Michael Vick while he was both in and out of prison. He has worked with Gilbert Arenas after he brought a gun to practice. He met with Ben Roethlisberger after his troubles. It seems that since he left coaching he’s decided to reach out and help troubled millionaires.

I always liked Dungy as a coach and what he is doing now is commendable, but sticking his nose in every single scandal involving a sports figure just seems a little self-aggrandizing.

As an evangelical Christian he feels that he should give back to the community and he sees this as his way to serve the greater good and that’s fine. You just don’t need to go on ESPN every day and announce which athlete you’ve decided to try and save.

So Dungy found Ryan’s performance offensive. Who cares?

Don’t like the show? Fine then don’t watch it.

But don’t take a holier than Tebow approach to the thing. We get it you don’t like coaches that swear and yell. We get that you have high moral standards. We understand that a lot of professional athletes are out of control and need help. And we understand that you want to try and be their mentor/father figure.

We all know Dungy is a good person. His work in the community is something we should all take as an example and try to emulate.

He just doesn’t need to remind us all the time.

Otherwise he just looks like someone who craves media attention.

And that's Brett Favre's Job.