PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME COACH TONY DUNGY

Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy talks about taking a stand for Christ, refusing to
forfeit his soul for worldly gain and being a Christian player/coach/broadcaster in the NFL.


 
 
 

 

Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007.

Following a stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, Dungy landed a job with the Steelers, making him, at 25, the youngest assistant coach in NFL history. In 1984 Pittsburgh made him the league's youngest defensive coordinator.

Dungy's time with the Steelers ended after the 1988 season. But the young coach wasn't out of work for long. He hooked on with Kansas City as the club's secondary coach, and then in 1991 signed on with the Minnesota Vikings as the franchise's new defensive coordinator.

Considered one of the brightest young minds in the NFL, Dungy landed his first head coaching opportunity in 1996, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tapped him to lead the club. For a franchise that had long been the league's doormat, Dungy, with his calm demeanor and ability to connect with players, was a breath of fresh air, bringing both respectability and victories to a team sorely lacking in both areas.

Yet, despite making the Bucs a regular playoff contender, Dungy was fired after the 2001 season. Again, he wasn't out of work long. In January 2002, the Indianapolis Colts hired Dungy to be its next head coach.

During his remarkable seven-year run with the Colts and its star quarterback, Peyton Manning, Dungy turned the franchise into a perennial Super Bowl contender. The Vince Lombardi trophy finally came Dungy's way on February 4, 2007, when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17, in Miami. The victory made Dungy the first African American to coach a Super Bowl–winning club. It also made him just the third person in NFL history to win a title as a player and as a head coach.

Following the 2008 season, and after 31 seasons patrolling an NFL sideline, Dungy retired from coaching.

Dungy and his longtime wife, Lauren, are the parents of seven children. In December 2005, tragedy struck the Dungy family when one of their oldest sons, James, was found dead at his Tampa area apartment. The death was later ruled a suicide.

Since stepping down as head coach of the Colts, Dungy has worked as an analyst for NBC's "Football Night in America." In addition, Dungy, a committed Christian, has remained active in a number of charitable causes, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Prison Crusade Ministry.

In 2011, Dungy and his wife authored a children's book, You Can Be a Friend, which teaches children the importance of being a good friend.

Taken from: https://www.biography.com/people/tony-dungy-21330527

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