Tony Dungy retired in 2009 after a 31-year NFL career. In 13 seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dungy amassed a 148-79 overall record and reached the postseason an unprecedented ten straight times. His teams averaged more wins in the regular season than those of any head coach in NFL history.
On February 4, 2007, Dungy became the first African American coach to lead his team to a championship when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. At the age of 25 Dungy became, at the time, the youngest assistant coach in league history and then at age 28, its youngest coordinator. As a player, Dungy won his first Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers; he is one of only three individuals to have won the Super Bowl as both a player and a head coach.
Upon retirement from coaching, Dungy became an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America and was nominated for an Emmy Award in his very first season as a television commentator.
Known for a leadership style that emphasizes decency and respect, his priorities of faith and family were always evident in his coaching. Dungy discussed these values, which have been praised and adopted by a crop of his assistant coaches who would go on to NFL head coaching positions themselves, in his memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, a #1 New York Times best seller. Dungy’s second book – a children’s book entitled You Can Do It! – reached #1 on the New York Times list of best-selling children’s picture books. In Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, a New York Times best seller in the hardcover advice category, Dungy reveals a path to achieving success and meaning in one’s life, reflecting on lessons he learned from his parents, during his career, and through his faith. In August 2010, Dungy released The Mentor Leader, another New York Times best seller in the hardcover advice category. Most recently, Tony and wife Lauren released a new book entitled You Can Be a Friend, which teaches children what it means to be a good friend.
Dungy is committed to a wide variety of organizations, including Abe Brown Ministries, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Dungy Family Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, and All Pro Dad. In retirement, Dungy devotes his passion and experience to programs that inspire him, especially those that benefit and speak to young men, and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and children.