Created: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:27:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:37:56 EST
Super Bowl winning coach and former NFL player Tony Dungy visited Macon Wednesday with a message to area student athletes, that success is not all about athletic ability.
Dungy addressed the crowd at Hawkins Arena during the 100 Black Men of Macon organization's banquet. Words of wisdom Mercer athletes Tosin Aguebor and Carly Iannarino aren't likely to forget.
"I never thought I would ever see a legendary coach like that and talk to him," said Aguebor a sophomore linebacker on the school's football team.
"He's a really awesome guy, so, I was really honored to be in the same room as him," said Iannarino, a senior setter on the volleyball team.
Dungy talked mostly about his life and path to success beyond the playing field.
"Giving us advice and like life advice about how to go on with our lives and be better people," Aguebor said.
"I've always defined myself as an athlete, but I know that one day that is going to come to an end," Iannarino said.
several area high school football teams were there, to hear about Dungy's four pillars of life for student athletes: athletics, academics, social life, and spirituality.
It's lessons Aguebor and Iannarino say definitely resonate with them.
"It is really good, just knowing that we have people like that behind us and has faith in us to do more so I guess it make us more motivated to do well," Aguebor said.
"He's such an awesome role model and I don't think I've ever heard anyone more respectable than him speak and everything he said I can apply to my life today and forever," Iannarino said.