Super Bowl-winning football coach Tony Dungy has started an online petition urging President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make fatherhood a top campaign issue.
Mr. Dungy said he was urging both of the major candidates to “put the issue of fatherhood at the forefront of our nation’s attention as you discuss issues publicly in the final stretch of this campaign,” according to a statement on the petition’s website. “Now more than ever, American families need strong leadership. I trust and pray that you agree and will stand with us to make tackling the issue of fatherlessness a priority. “
The petition had more than 3,200 online “signatures” as of midday Thursday.
Mr. Dungy, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to victory in the 2007 Super Bowl, is the national spokesman for the fatherhood program All Pro Dad. He began his NFL head coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.