Tony Dungy
American football player and coach
Tony Dungy
Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
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Tony Dungy, responding to Deion Sanders' accusations, says Colts stole signals but didn't cheat
LATimes - 11 days
Three days after Deion Sanders claimed the Indianapolis Colts stole their opponents’ signals during the 2007 season, that team’s coach from those days responded to the allegation. “Of course we got signals when we had an opportunity to do that,” Tony Dungy said Wednesday morning on NBC Sports’...
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Former Drug Addict, NFL Athlete Wants To Help People Turn Failure Into Success
Huffington Post - 5 months
Matt Mayberry was told at age 16 that he would be in prison or dead by age 18. A drug addict, Matt's life was spiraling out of control to the point where there would be serious consequences if he didn't change. And even though he managed to escape a life of drugs, it wasn't his last experience with failure. As an elite college football player, he was expected to be drafted in the 4th or 5th round of the NFL draft. Instead, he went undrafted and signed a contract with his hometown Chicago Bears, only to get hurt during his first game. But Matt has always refused to let failure define him: Whether it was my teenage drug addiction that nearly killed me or the repetitive setbacks I experienced in the game of football, failure has always been a huge part of my journey. I not only have failed over and over again in my life, but I have learned how to persevere and succeed despite whatever challenges may be present in my life. Now Mayberry wants to help others learn how ...
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Tony Dungy Highlight Class of Eight Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame
NYTimes - 7 months
Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl, joined seven others, including a former owner, in Saturday night’s induction ceremony.
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HOF 2016: Trailblazing Success Carries Dungy to Hall of Fame
NYTimes - 7 months
Nine games into his bid to transform the bumbling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into championship contenders, the normally unflappable Tony Dungy reached a boiling point.
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Dungy says he thinks Manning will return in '15 _ if healthy
USA Today - about 2 years
Former coach Tony Dungy says he believes Peyton Manning will return for 18th NFL season           
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Love, Faith And Football In An 'Uncommon Marriage'
NPR - about 3 years
Tony Dungy was the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. But he places football after matters of faith and family. Dungy and his wife Lauren tell host Michel Martin about their new book, Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Great book by Coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren
Fox News - about 3 years
I have interviewed Coach Dungy many times…and one quick note: what a wonderful guy!  And his wife? also wonderful!  They have a new book out…and it is a great one.   — “What does it take to build a marriage that will last? Tony and Lauren Dungy have together known the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. They fell in love, built a family, and made sports history when Tony became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Yet they’ve also gone through difficult, relationship-testing setbacks, including job loss and devastating personal tragedy. In a culture where it seems harder and harder to make marriage last, what has kept the Dungys strong through it all? In Uncommon Marriage, Tony and Lauren share the secrets that hold them together, revealing what they’ve learned so far about being a good husband or wife; getting through times of loss, grief, or change; staying connected despite busy schedules; supporting each other’s dreams and goals; and helping each ot ...
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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014 Headlined By Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan, Ray Guy
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Guy is the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the long-time Oakland Raider were two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones. The class of 2014 also included defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who like Guy was a senior selection. The announcement was made Saturday night at NFL Honors, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl in a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city. Among the finalists who didn't get in were two with ties to the Indianapolis Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison. Each of the incoming Hall of Famers walked to the stage and was announced individually. Strahan, who helped the Giants make two Super Bowls, got a huge cheer from the home crowd. Induction will be on Aug. ...
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Super Bowl Preview: Denver Broncos Offense vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This Sunday, for the third time in the recent Super Bowl era, the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense. In the previous two instances, the top defense won -- rather famously so. Bill Belichick's game plan as the underdog New York Giants defensive coordinator defeated Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly's offensive juggernaut in 1991's Super Bowl XXV. This defensive strategy was considered so exemplary that the plan is currently on exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That Belichick guy had promise. In 2003, head coach Jon Gruden used his Tony Dungy-trained Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to hammer the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXII. Hard as it is to imagine in 2013, the Raiders and QB Rich Gannon were the No. 1 NFL offense in the 2002 season. The Bucs defense scored three times in the 48-21 beat down. Whether Peyton Manning and his historically productive offense can break this trend is the central question of Super Bowl XLVIII. In this postseason, Manning and ...
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Jonathan Martin Alleges Dolphins Teammates Made Racial, Sexually Charged Comments
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
MIAMI (AP) — Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin says racial and aggressive talk made by teammates, along with sexually charged comments about his mother and sister, all played a role in his decision to leave the Miami Dolphins. Martin sat down for an interview with former NFL coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC, which aired portions Tuesday and Wednesday. Dungy is part of a committee assigned by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to review the team's code of conduct. Martin left the Dolphins in October and alleged he was harassed daily by teammates, including fellow lineman Richie Incognito, who was suspended for the final eight games. Martin says he hopes he gets another opportunity to play in the NFL. ___ AP NFL website: and ___ Follow Tim Reynolds on Twitter:
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Welcome to the Lions Den, Coach Caldwell: Challenges Facing the Future Ex-Coach
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Today, the Lions announced their latest casualty -- Jim Caldwell. And one happy man, Ken Whisenhunt, is now in the employment of a far less-talented team but a far more talented owner. Whisenhunt was the chosen one. He was the reason we all were rooting for the Chargers to lose on Sunday to Peyton Manning. But as luck (and Lions lore) would have it, Peyton did win a rare playoff game -- but Kenny chose the Titans over working for his former teammate and current Lions GM, Martin Mayhew. Very wise choice, KW. No Lions coach has ever been a head coach after his tenure with this franchise. It's really an incredible run. Even the Bengals have been to the Super Bowl a few times. Even Tampa Bay and Seattle, who joined the NFL a hundred years after the Lions, have been there -- Tampa Bay even won. Fantasy Coaches and Curses The names have been batted around, of course. Jon Gruden is smart. Bill Cowher is crafty. Jimmy Johnson is a genius. Tony Dungy, who grew up a Lions fan a ...
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Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists revealed
Yahoo News - about 3 years
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — First-year nominees Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison and Walter Jones were among the 15 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists in voting announced Thursday night.
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Tony Dungy says Detroit Lions job would be the one he would want
Chicago Times - about 3 years
If you are the Detroit Lions, don't you have to make a call to Tony Dungy now?     
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Dungy
  • 2016
    Age 60
    On February 6, 2016, Dungy was elected to the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the first African-American head coach of the modern era, and the second of all time to Fritz Pollard, to receive this honor. (Former Oakland Raiders player and head coach Art Shell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989, but for his accomplishments as a player.)
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    Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6, 2016.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    On January 11, 2011 Dungy and wife Lauren released a new book entitled You Can Be a Friend.
    More Details Hide Details Their story teaches children what it means to be a good friend. The book debuted at No. 7 and stayed on the top 10 for 1 week on the children's picture books section of the New York Times Best Seller list. Dungy was on the cover of NFL Head Coach 09 as its "cover coach". The previous head coach on the cover was Bill Cowher. Coincidentally, both coaches would retire the season after their cover issues were published. In 2007 Dungy was awarded the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award by the United States Sports Academy.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    On August 3, 2010 Dungy released a new book entitled The Mentor Leader, which debuted at No. 2 and stayed on the top 10 for 5 weeks on the hardcover advice section of the New York Times Best Seller list.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    On August 5, 2009, Dungy spoke at the 53rd General Council of the Assemblies of God.
    More Details Hide Details Since retirement, Dungy has become an informal mentor to the formerly suspended NFL player Michael Vick, counseling him during his incarceration and, with the help of Donovan McNabb, convincing Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and head coach Andy Reid to consider signing him to the team's roster. Dungy's memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, was released on July 10, 2007 and reached No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction section of the New York Times Best Seller list on August 5, 2007 and again on September 9, 2007. Tyndale House Publishers said it was the first NFL-related book ever ranked No. 1. When asked why he wrote Quiet Strength, Dungy said, Dungy said he’d actually gotten "more satisfaction" from the success of Quiet Strength than the Super Bowl win. That's because, he said, "I’ve gotten so many calls and letters from people saying they really got something out of it, something that helped them." On January 10, 2008, Quiet Strength reached 1,000,000 copies in print. Quiet Strength was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 32 weeks, including 27 in the top 10 for hardcover nonfiction.
    In June 2009, NBC Sports hired Dungy to serve as a studio color analyst on the network's weekly Sunday Night Football pregame show, Football Night in America.
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    He declined the invitation to join the council because of scheduling conflicts, as he could make only two of 2009's four council meetings, but agreed to be an informal adviser on fatherhood issues.
    More Details Hide Details He had also turned down offers from National Football League Players' Association to become liaison to the NFL. Dungy is an evangelical Christian and at one point in his coaching career considered leaving football for the prison ministry. Throughout his career, he has remained involved with community service organizations. Dungy's tenure in Tampa Bay as the head coach of the Buccaneers brought greater attention to his personal accomplishments outside of sports. He has been active in many community service organizations in the cities in which he has coached. While in Tampa Bay, Dungy worked as a public speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. He began a mentoring program for young people called Mentors for Life, and provided Buccaneers' tickets for the participants. He also supported other charitable programs in the area such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, the Prison Crusade Ministry, foster parenting organizations, and Family First. He continues to assist Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club in Indianapolis. He also supports the Black Coaches Association National Convention and Indiana Black Expo.
    In March 2009 President Barack Obama invited Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
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    Jim Caldwell, an assistant under Dungy in Indianapolis, was promoted to head coach in 2009, and coached the Colts for three seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Joe Barry, a linebackers coach under Dungy at Tampa Bay, was the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 2006 to 2008. Dungy is listed as not only a part of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, but also a part of the Marty Schottenheimer coaching tree. The Dungy tree grew from the roots of the Pittsburgh Steelers' dynasty of the 1970s. He was influenced by the defensive schemes learned under Chuck Noll and Bud Carson. Dungy said that he inherited most of the coaching philosophies from Noll and he is proud to be a protégé of Noll. Dungy stresses that coaches are essentially teachers who put faith and family ahead of football and do not belittle their players or scream at them. Also, like Dungy, they remain calm when things go badly. They guide instead of goad, and Lovie Smith found that perhaps the most instructive thing of all.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    On February 27, 2008, Indiana Wesleyan University honored Dungy in a ceremony where he was inducted into IWU's Society of World Changers.
    More Details Hide Details Dungy also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university.
    On January 21, 2008, Dungy announced that he would return at least for the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2008 season, the Colts won 12 regular season games, including their last nine straight, clinching a wildcard berth, but were upset 23–17 in overtime by the San Diego Chargers in the wildcard round of the 2008–09 NFL playoffs. On January 12, 2009, Jim Caldwell who'd been a long time Colts assistant was chosen as the new head coach for the Indianapolis Colts after being named Dungy's future successor a year earlier. On November 1, 2010, the Colts added Tony Dungy's name to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor located on the middle balcony on the east side of Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
    More Details Hide Details The 25-member council represents leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to growing the spirit of service and civic participation. The two-year appointment requires attendance at two in-person meetings per year and quarterly phone conversations with assigned committees. After receiving the call from President Bush, Dungy remarked "It was something that was really hard to believe. Certainly, when you go into football coaching, you’re not expecting to get presidential appointments to anything."
    On December 23, 2007, with a win over the Houston Texans, Dungy won his 72nd game as Colts head coach, passing Don Shula to become the winningest coach in franchise history.
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    On February 4, 2007, Dungy and the Colts won Super Bowl XLI 29–17 over the Bears at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
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    On January 21, 2007, after trailing 21–3, the Colts defeated the New England Patriots to become AFC Champions and advanced to Super Bowl XLI.
    More Details Hide Details This was the largest comeback in conference title game history. By a matter of only a few hours, Dungy became the second African American coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl. His good friend, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, had clinched the NFC's bid in the Super Bowl earlier in the day.
  • 2005
    Age 49
    Dungy signed a three-year contract extension in October 2005 for US$5 million per year.
    More Details Hide Details The Colts focused on defensive improvements during the 2005 offseason, signing five-year defensive tackle Corey Simon. Widely expected to be a Super Bowl contender, the Colts won their first 13 games, prompting much speculation about the possibility of the Colts becoming the NFL's first team to finish the season undefeated since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Their thirteenth win guaranteed the Colts home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With nothing to play for except the chance to go unbeaten, the Colts lost their 14th game to the San Diego Chargers. The Colts played their starters sparingly in the last two games. The Colts lost in their first playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl winner Pittsburgh Steelers. This loss made the Colts the first team to ever start a season 13–0 and not reach the Super Bowl. The Colts' 2006 playoff run was characterized by a marked improvement in defensive play, as the Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, holding one of the NFL's best running backs to less than 50 yards, and upset the favored Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.
  • 2003
    Age 47
    During his early tenure in Indianapolis, Dungy struggled to fix the Colts' defense and had mixed results in the postseason. In his first season at Indianapolis, the Colts were shut out 41–0 by the New York Jets in a first-round playoff game, and the team lost postseason games to the New England Patriots in both 2003 (in the AFC championship game) and 2004 (in the second round of the playoffs).
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  • 2002
    Age 46
    He was the third black head coach to win a pro football championship in North America, behind Darren Arbet of the San Jose Sabercats (Arena Football League) who won ArenaBowl XVI in 2002 and Pinball Clemons of the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) who won the 92nd Grey Cup in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Dungy also became the sixth man to play in a Super Bowl and be the head coach of a Super Bowl team. He joins Dan Reeves, Sam Wyche, Mike Ditka, Forrest Gregg and Tom Flores. Ron Rivera also accomplished this feat with the Carolina Panthers in 2015. After the win in Super Bowl XLI, Dungy became the third man to win Super Bowls both as a player and a head coach, following Ditka and Flores. On offense, Tony Dungy's strategy involved a conservative, ball-control offense based primarily around running the ball and short, high-percentage passes when he was at Tampa Bay. At Indianapolis, he inherited and kept the offense designed by offensive coordinator Tom Moore because the offense was in the hands of someone he knew and trusted. In both cases, most of the offensive planning has been handled by his offensive coordinators.
    On January 22, 2002, Dungy was hired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, a team that at the time was very potent offensively, but very weak defensively.
    More Details Hide Details He installed his "Tampa 2" defense immediately and continued to retool the Colts' defense to his liking during his tenure. After joining the Colts, Dungy left the high-powered offense previously installed there by Jim Mora, in both playing style and in personnel, virtually unchanged. Dungy was reunited with Tom Moore, who was retained as offensive coordinator. Moore and Dungy had previously worked together at Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
    Dungy was fired on January 14, 2002 due to the club's repeated losses in the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, owner Malcolm Glazer felt Dungy's offense was too conservative. Dungy thus became the first coach in Bucs history to leave the team with a winning record. The following season, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, their first appearance in the championship game. Though Dungy was fired the prior season and replaced with Jon Gruden, Dungy has been credited for constructing the team.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    Dungy achieved his dream of being an NFL head coach when he was hired by Rich McKay to reform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team then well known for its lack of success, on January 22, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Dungy installed his version of the Cover 2 defense with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin with a few new wrinkles. The result was the now-famous Tampa 2, though Dungy openly admitted it was based on concepts he had picked up from his days in Pittsburgh. Despite finishing with a 6-10 record in 1996, the Buccaneers finished strong and showed signs of developing into a winning team. After a home win versus the Raiders, the Buccaneers fell to a quick 14 - hole to the Chargers in San Diego. Instead of folding, the team fought to a hard win, their first win on the West Coast in 15 years. Many Bucs fans believe that this was where the long-beleaguered franchise finally turned the corner. It turned out to be the only losing season Dungy would suffer as a head coach. In 1997, the Buccaneers started 5-0--their best start since 1979. They ultimately finished second in the NFC Central division, Tampa Bay's first winning season since 1982. In the last game played at Tampa Stadium, the Bucs defeated the Detroit Lions for only their second playoff win in franchise history. They lost the next game to the defending champion Green Bay Packers.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    He left the Steelers in 1989 to become the defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, and took over the defensive coordinator position for the Minnesota Vikings under Dennis Green in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details While at Minnesota, Dungy's defense was ranked first in the NFL.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982, he was named defensive backfield coach, and was promoted in 1984 to defensive coordinator.
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  • 1981
    Age 25
    He was hired as an assistant by Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, his former head coach from his playing days with the team, in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details His work under Noll put Dungy in the Sid Gillman coaching tree.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    Following his NFL experience as a player, Dungy was invited to become an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of Minnesota in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details After one season in charge of defensive backs, he was asked to return to the NFL, this time as a coach.
  • 1977
    Age 21
    Dungy is the most recent NFL player to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game. Dungy was the emergency quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 1977 game against the Houston Oilers when both Terry Bradshaw and Mike Kruczek went down with injuries on October 9, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He played safety on defense. Dungy has one Super Bowl title as a player, as he was a member of the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XIII.
    He played as a defensive reserve and special teams player for the Steelers in 1977 and the Super Bowl champion 1978 season, leading the team in interceptions in the latter campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In 1979, Dungy was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, then finished his career a year later in the training camp of the New York Giants in 1980.
    After playing quarterback in college for the University of Minnesota, Dungy went undrafted in 1977 and was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League as a safety.
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  • 1955
    Born on October 6, 1955.
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