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My Purpose Is ‘to Serve God’: Clemson’s God-Fearing Headcoach

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The head coach of powerhouse football giant Clemson, Dabo Swinney, has turned the spotlight onto God in a recent press conference.


The head coach of No. 1 ranked college football team and reigning National Champions (as of the writing of this article), Clemson, Dabo Swinney has turned the spotlight onto God in a recent press conference when addressing his programs continued success, as reported in Christian Headlines.

Swinney stated, “We’ve had a lot of success, I’m going into year 11, but we’ve stayed true to who we are the whole way… I know that my purpose as a man is, and that’s to glorify God. That’s to be a great husband and father, and it’s to use the game of football to just equip young people for life. That’s just that simple.”

Over the years Swinney has been very forthright about his faith and what it means to him. After winning his first National Championship Swinney stated, “Only God can do this.”

He came to faith at age 16 as reported in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “That was the game-changer for me,” he said. “But it wasn’t like life just all of a sudden got rosy. In fact, it got worse. But the inside of me changed. What Christ did for me was to give me hope, give me resolve and give me belief in a future that was beyond my circumstances.”

And winning isn’t everything to Swinney either, “We’re not going to be defined by that trophy (on winning his first National Championship),” he said. “That’s never going to be the definition of success for us. What we’re going to be defined by is how we love our players, how their lives are changed.

“I’m very aware of what my job is. My job is to coach football and to win football games, and I take a lot of pride in that. But we’re not results-driven around here. We’re so much more about how we do things.”