Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a move as quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen seems on. (AP Picture/Mark LoMoglio)
After reaching the Tremendous Bowl twice as a member of Tony Dungy’s employees with the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen is again on the most important stage in sports activities. He labored with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck throughout his time with the Colts, and is now the place coach for an additional all-time nice in Tom Brady.
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“It’s not simple, you understand?” Christensen mentioned this week on the Sports activities Spectrum Podcast. “And that’s why it’s so enjoyable while you do get there and it does come collectively, and also you do have that 12 months the place it hits and also you make it [to the Super Bowl]. Hopefully we will try to win another and it’d be particular. But it surely’s been fairly a journey.”
It was Christensen who urged head coach Bruce Arians to carry Brady to Tampa after doing his due diligence on the longtime New England Patriot as a possible free agent. He couldn’t consider the issues Brady was nonetheless capable of do 20 years into his profession.
“It was type of distinctive as a result of it was actually routine,” Christensen mentioned of Brady changing into a Buccaneer. “It wasn’t any large, comic story. It was simply beginning down my free-agent listing.”
Since becoming a member of the Bucs’ teaching employees previous to the 2019 season, Christensen has additionally served as an unofficial non secular chief inside the group, serving to disciple youthful coaches. He’s a part of a gaggle of 26 coaches – in addition to a couple of gamers – who’re going by means of the Bible in a 12 months collectively. They meet each week to debate what they learn.
“As quickly as we got here right here, we misplaced our chaplain and [Clyde] took that position,” outdoors linebackers coach Larry Foote advised Sports activities Spectrum throughout a media session this week. “He’s undoubtedly a light-weight on this constructing. He places his foot on everyone, coaches and gamers, so far as, you understand, be on time for Bible examine, praying all through the constructing, on the highway. He’s undoubtedly helped me develop as a believer.”
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Earlier than embarking on this run to the Tremendous Bowl, Christensen was caught at house like everybody else throughout the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic. He used the time to take a step again and deepen his relationship with God.
“I believe He made me lie down in inexperienced pastures and He restored my soul,” Christensen mentioned. “It was actually a candy, candy, candy time with Him.”
That is Christensen’s second stint with Tampa Bay. He served because the crew’s tight ends coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 1996-2001, when Dungy was the top coach. He adopted Dungy to Indianapolis after the 2001 season.
These two longtime mates joined forces to assist launch All Professional Dad, a non-profit group that emphasizes the significance of being a superb father, in 1997. Along side this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl, All Professional Dad is releasing a brand new useful resource referred to as Race Conversations for Households, created by Dungy and Christensen. Dungy can be co-hosting Soccer Sunday this week with former NFL tight finish Benjamin Watson.
By way of all of it, and whether or not he wins a second championship on Sunday or not, Christensen is aware of God is at work in each the nice occasions and the dangerous.
“It’s not a straight line on this journey however God is trustworthy and He does present up in a particular approach,” he mentioned.
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