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Born Thursday 6 October 1955

Occupation: Coach

Nationality: American

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That's the difference between the NCAA and the NFL right now. They've got to step up and say, 'We're going to do the right thing. We're going to hire qualified people. We're going to hire the best man for the job regardless of what boosters or anyone else has to say.'

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We have a number of difficulties facing our nation, but I believe fatherlessness is right at the top of the list.

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I learned from Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh that speed and explosiveness on defense is the way to build a team. Both are difficult for your opponent to assimilate in practice and then in games it is even harder to match.

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To win those big games you're going to have to complete some third-down passes, you're going to have to be able to get some explosive games in the passing game.

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For some reason the football coach of a major college program is seen as one of the leaders of the campus. And some way we have to let our young people know that that leader can look like anyone.

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But I know I have a son who doesn't listen to anything I say and if he hears the same thing from someone else, sometimes it has a little more impact.

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I just don't think you pass on a great quarterback if you have the opportunity. If need be, you can trade it away.

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Anyone who's a parent dreads that call in the middle of the night. I have four grown children and I still dread it.

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I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games.

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I guess I'm flattered that people think I can help get things done.

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You may not win the Super Bowl. Your kids may not go on to be doctors and lawyers and everything may not go perfectly. That doesn't mean it was a bad plan or the wrong thing. It's just like a football season. Everything's not going to go perfect.

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If you're just saying, hey, I'm doing this. I'm working to make money. I'm working to increase my status. If that's all there is, I think you will find out that it's meaningless.

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It's just really making sure I am doing the best job I can do as a dad. I do think that is my No. 1 job.

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The further I get away from coaching, the more I know I made the right decision. You almost forget how wonderful family life is.

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Lovie Smith and I are not only the first two African-Americans but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way and we're more proud of that.

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Our goal was to win, to win a Super Bowl, but also to win in the right way, to be role models to our community, to represent Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the National Football League.

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You never know what's going to happen. My mother was an English teacher. If someone had told her that I was going to write a book, she would never have believed that. So you can never say never.

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I had 10 to 12 close buddies who I played ball with all the way from elementary to high school. That is where I learned to compete.

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I think I've got a responsibility to be home a little bit more, be available to my family a little bit more and do some things to help make our country better. I don't know what that is right now, but we'll see.

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Don't shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most people don't get to live.

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