Uncommon Marriage: What We've Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together

By Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker

The New York Times bestseller now in softcover! What does it take to construct a wedding that might final? Tony and Lauren Dungy have jointly recognized the top of highs and the bottom of lows. They fell in love, equipped a family members, and made activities heritage while Tony grew to become the 1st African American head trainer to win the great Bowl. but they’ve additionally undergone tough, relationship-testing setbacks, together with activity loss and devastating own tragedy. In a tradition the place it sort of feels more durable and tougher to make marriage final, what has stored the Dungys powerful via all of it? In Uncommon Marriage, Tony and Lauren proportion the secrets and techniques that carry them jointly, revealing what they’ve discovered thus far approximately being an outstanding husband or spouse; getting via instances of loss, grief, or switch; staying hooked up regardless of busy schedules; assisting each one other’s desires and pursuits; and aiding one another develop spiritually. they provide encouragement and useful suggestion to equip your marriage to outlive tricky matters and flourish with pleasure, function, and partnership―in different phrases, to be a wedding that's really unusual.

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He informed me his defensive position trainer used to be leaving after the sport, and he desired to rent me if i used to be . yet after the Bengals lower back domestic, Sam referred to as me with undesirable information. Mike Brown, the team’s proprietor, was once involved I wouldn’t be content material within the defensive position coach’s place for lengthy and can now not remain in Cincinnati. regrettably, Sam informed me, he used to be going to need to lease another person. God had closed one door, yet 3 others have been nonetheless open. Lauren and that i easily needed to work out which to move via.

In the event that they wanted a person to observe their teenagers whereas they sought counseling, we’d do it. We did our greatest to version a fit conjugal relationship to the whole workforce. The Glazers took their kinfolk on crew journeys, and so they inspired us to do an analogous. in the course of our moment yr, Jamie started going with us to the away video games whereas a babysitter stayed at domestic with Tiara and Eric. as soon as he received a bit older, Eric got here with us to boot. Our boys regularly appeared ahead to these journeys. with a purpose to include us, besides the fact that, we required that they do good in class the week prior to.

I enjoyed waking up and having the ability to aid get the children prepared for faculty and to aid with car-pool tasks. gazing Eric play soccer in the course of his senior yr was once so relaxing for me that I by no means skilled any regrets over leaving training. I ignored my gamers and being round the coaches, yet I by no means overlooked the task. while, I knew i used to be accountable for handling the platform God had given me. I simply wasn’t yes what that might appear like. Lauren and that i bought lots of feedback from folks, lots of whom had anything they felt I should still do.

We've got whatever to seem ahead to, and that usually attracts us again to a spot of peace. irrespective of how a lot discomfort we have been feeling, every time we received these sinking emotions, shall we consistently get back to our religion in Christ. That’s to not say we’ve ever totally recovered from Jamie’s loss of life. You don’t ever recover from the demise of a kid; you methods to get via it. you progress ahead, taking steps of healing  —sometimes small steps  —each day. riding earlier the Pizza Hut the place Jamie labored used to be relatively not easy the 1st few instances.

Lauren needed to sit down in the course of the rain the full video game, yet she didn’t care. And for the 1st time ever, she didn’t wait to satisfy me outdoor the locker room. on the ultimate whistle, she left her seat and went all the way down to the railing. as soon as she stuck Jim Irsay’s eye, he escorted her correct down onto the sector. the following factor I knew, she used to be status up with me on the podium, pumping her fists in entrance of hundreds of thousands of lovers. I did get to thank God at the victory podium. CBS announcer Jim Nantz requested me approximately being the 1st African American trainer to win the tremendous Bowl, and whereas I informed him i used to be proud to symbolize such a lot of coaches of colour who had long past earlier than me, this night used to be for Indianapolis.

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