I grew up the middle of three daughters born to a football coach. My childhood was a lot like training camp. My sisters and I would be gathered to practice good, firm handshakes or how to the answer the phone properly. I remember spending summer vacations practicing how we would turn down drugs when we got older (I was currently aged 5). But truly my Dad has always been one of the people I respect and love the most.
He keeps the craziest schedule of anyone I know but he would come home ready to have fun with us girls. He taught us to love the Lord first and foremost and he modeled a good work ethic but also made our childhoods the most fun. People have asked me many times over the years what my Dad is like after losing a football game and my answer has always been: the same. He never brings a loss home. When we wanted to talk about work life balance on the blog I knew he would be a special interview.
Clyde Christensen (or Dad, to me) is the current Quarterbacks Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who this year picked up Tom Brady. He formerly coached Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck during his 15 years with the Indianapolis Colts. He began his NFL career with the Bucs while coaching under Tony Dungy. He won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts.
He lives in Tampa with his wife, Debbie. He has three daughters and four grandkids (with a 5th on the way). He has read the One Year Bible through every year of his 25 year NFL career. He loves to golf or do just about anything outside especially in the good Florida weather.
I hope you enjoy this interview on work life balance and faith.
My daughter is a flight attendant furloughed and my son just graduated from KSU
I pray that the economy recovers and that they can find employment
Awesome video! Thanks for the inspiring words!
While I didn’t mean to cry though Coach Clyde Christensens’ video, I understood and felt deeply what he was saying. I needed to hear it because I have been less worried about God forgetting me and more worried about disappointing God, because I have not found my calling, my purpose, or my duty. Even if I have found those things, I don’t feel as though I have performed them well or made him proud. My profound sadness is tethered to my extreme disappointment in me and Coach Christensen has given me encouragement to believe that this is perhaps a test more than a sound defeat, and there is hope.
Hi Holly –
I’m so glad you found encouragement and I pray you continue to take heart! For believers there is always hope because God works all things together for the good of those who love and seek to serve him. It sounds to me like you’re in a great place to receive what he has for you – humble, open, and willing. I know if you stay in that place the Lord will use you!