When David faced off with Goliath three thousand years ago, the Phillistine Giant was a heavy favorite to win – just like Alabama over Clemson last night. Somehow, neither David, nor the Tigers got the memo.
David made quick work of Goliath in the Valley of Elah, and Clemson took only a little longer to dispose of the undefeated Crimson Tide, a team some considered to be the best college football team of all times.
There were surprised people in Levi’s Stadium and around the world after the Tigers disposed of Alabama 44-16. But Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney was not one of them. Like David, he had faith his team could overcome the odds.
Swinney has been overcoming the odds for almost 50 years. He was raised by a single mother who battled with her health and life. Somehow, he prevailed through a difficult life to win two national titles in three years.
How did he do it? Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ, who he credits with saving his life and saving his soul more than 30 years ago. “It’s hard to survive and thrive in this world if you don’t have a spiritual foundation,” Swinney says.
Swinney talks a lot about his faith, and God and Jesus Christ. Even more importantly, he lives in out. Always positive and always believing, he just led the Tigers to another improbable national championship.