Former NFL coachTony Dungy made his way to the mid-state today.

The former Indianapolis Colts coach will spoke Wednesday night at a youth motivationalbanquet at Mercer University.

Dungy is currently the national spokesman for the fatherhood program "All-Pro Dad,"a program he says is near and dear to his heart.

"Young people are such a resource for us.A lot of them just need a little direction, and that's what today is all about," said Dungy."The sky's the limit and that's what we hope to do, motivate some young people to grow and say, 'That's what I want to do,'" he added.

At the evening banquet, Dungy spoke about playing college football, and coaching in the NFL.He mainly stressed the importance of earning a college degree.

Dungydirected tonight's message toward high school football players and other guests. Earlier today, he had a special meeting with Mercer athletes.

"He talked to us about having a balance between school work and athletics," said Mercer linebacker Tosen Aguebor. "[About] having faith and religion throughout school, and how to be a better person in life."

Volleyball player, Carly Iannarino, also learned an important lesson from the legendary coach.

"Eventually, when your athletics come to an end, you want to be able to define yourself by more than just that," said Iannarino.

The Motivating Youth Foundation, along with One Hundred Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia, sponsored Coach Dungy's visit to Macon.

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