Tony Dungy

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Behind every great team is a great coach, and Sports Speaker Tony Dungy is among the best of the best. An encouraging teacher as well as compassionate mentor, his coaching philosophy, which has been adopted by coaches in a myriad of sports besides football, is artfully explained in his New York Times bestselling memoir Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life. Known for his calm demeanor and for always treating athletes with respect, Sports Speaker Tony’s temperament on the field won more fans than his impressive 139 coaching career wins.

Tony made his NFL coaching debut when he became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. Tony turned the failing team around and left the team with a winning record, the first Buccaneers coach to do so, before being hired by the Indianapolis Colts in 2002. Tony is the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears, and Tony’s star quarterback Peyton Manning was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Despite his achievements, Tony remains humble and selfless; he is credited with developing diversity in the NFL and other coaches, such as Smith, Jim Caldwell, Mike Tomlin, and Leslie Frazier.

Though Tony stepped off the field in 2008, he has been anything but inactive since his retirement. He stays busy as a national spokesperson for All Pro Dad, analyst for on NBC’s Football Night in America, and councilman for the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a position he was personally appointed to by George W. Bush. His second NY Times bestseller Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance was released in 2009. The father of nine has also supported numerous charities and community service organizations, such as The Boys and Girls Club and his own mentorship program, Mentors for Life. Tony has been very open about his faith as a Christian, and even considered going into prison ministry instead of coaching; needless to say he has had just as powerful an impact on America and the NFL in his current position. This is just an abbreviated list of Tony’s endless list of extensive accomplishments—he is a true man of character. A role model for adults, athletes, and coaches alike, Tony Dungy is definitely one of the most influential men to ever set onto the football field.