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Making Super Bowl History

By: Kristen Ross
By: Kristen Ross

When Coach Dungy and Coach Smith stepped onto the field Sunday for the ultimate match up, history was made.

For the first time in the Super Bowl's 41 year history, African American coaches led their teams in football's biggest event.

Locally, two coaches spoke about the significance of Dungy's and Smith's trail-blazing game.

"It's an historical landmark, something that nobody can ever take away from you. Twenty to thirty years from now, people will still be talking about it," said Bryan High football coach C.M. Pier.

"The biggest thing about this game is to see them do something that a lot of people thought blacks would never be able to do, and I hope a lot of blacks take this not as a racial card, but take it as a way to get the latter edge to work harder today," said Hearne High School Head Football Coach, Ralph Lymas.

According to Coach Lymas, the significance of this day in sports will transcend far past the color of the two coaches' skin.

"This is something that young coaches will look at and say, this is not two guys on the sidelines who are black," said Lymas. "This is two guys who have worked extremely hard, who have paid their dues to be in the position that they are in."

Coach Pier said this game was a long time coming.

"It's great from the African American standpoint that this happened, but there has been guys for years that have had the capacity to do that," said Pier. "Lovie Smith and Coach Dungee, both of those guys deserve this. They've worked hard for it."

Unfortunately, only one was able to walk home with the bragging rights, and the honor of being the first African American to win a Super Bowl Championship.


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