Tony Dungy: Coach, Writer, Indianapolis Hero

Tony Dungy, one of the most famous people in Indianapolis as well as in Indianapolis sports, has made outstanding contributions to Indianapolis, both on and off the gridiron. He is head coach of the former Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts. He is also a bestselling writer; his memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life, soared to #1 on the New York Times best selling nonfiction hardcovers list in less than one month after its release.

Video about the Quiet Strength of former Indianapolis Colts coach, Tony Dungy.

The focus of the book gravitates toward the spiritual side of life. He explains how a positive attitude, rock-solid faith and family values have helped him lead a life of principle…and win. Tony Dungy has become something of a folk hero who is a living example of what hard work, humility and taking the high road are all about. A great confirmation of this is Dungy’s own reaction to the success of the book. Because it has helped so many people, he says, writing the book has given him more satisfaction even than the Super Bowl win. Quiet Strength remained on the New York Times best selling hardcover nonfiction list for 27 weeks.

Tony Dungy has also written a highly successful children’s book, You Can Do It. Within short order, this picture book, full of inspirational stories for kids, reached #1 on the New York Times children’s books best seller list.


As to his other life, as head coach for a championship quality NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy’s work has also been highly inspirational. He came to the job well prepared, having played the game as a defensive back and quarterback at the University of Minnesota and winning their MVP award twice.

Before landing with the Colts, he played pro ball for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then for the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants.

Dungy’s dream, however, was to become a head coach in the NFL. He was given that chance in 1996 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that was not doing well at the time. It is generally agreed that Coach Dungy’s influence was the turning point for the team, which went on to great victories and became a formidable force in American football.

Immediately after signing on in Indianapolis for the Colts, Dungy installed his now-famous “Tampa 2” defense. And the rest, as they say, is history, culminating but by no means terminating in the Colts comeback victory at Super Bowl XLI.

Video of Tony Dungy giving thanks at the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl victory party.

Tony Dungy, born in Jackson, Michigan, was the youngest assistant coach in the NFL, the first head coach to lead the Colts to victory over all 32 NFL teams, and the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl.

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