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Tony Dungy - Biography

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Anthony (Tony) Kevin Dungy:

Tony Dungy is a former professional football player and retired coach for the Indianapolis Colts. During his seven years leading the Colts, he became the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. He was also one of the most respected and popular NFL coaches in the league. Colleagues and friends consider him to be a family man of great faith and Christian character.

Date of Birth:

October 6, 1955.

Family and Home:

Dungy was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. He and his wife Lauren have five children - daughters Tiara and Jade, sons James, Eric, and Jordan. James, their second-oldest child, was found dead in an apparent suicide in his Tampa area apartment on December 22, 2005.

Career:

While in college at the University of Minnesota, Dungy played quarterback. He then went on to play safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1977 - 1978 and also in 1979 for the San Francisco 49'ers.

Dungy kicked off his coaching career in 1980, as the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. In 1981, at age twenty-five, Dungy became assistant coach for the Steelers, and then three years later was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Dungy then moved to the Kansas City Chiefs as defensive backs coach from 1989-1991 and defensive coordinator from 1992 - 1995 with the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1996 he was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He remained head coach of the Buccaneers until 2001 when he was fired by the team for repeated losses. In January 2002, Dungy was made head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. During his seven years leading the Colts, he became the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl (2007). In January 2009, he announced his retirement from the Colts, ending a 31-year NFL career.

Education:

Dungy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Awards & Accomplishments:

  • In 1997 the Maxwell Football Club named Dungy Professional Coach of the Year.
  • In 2007 Tony Dungy became the first African American to coach a winning Super Bowl (XLI) team. Read more.
  • Dungy published his first book, Quiet Strength, in 2007.

 

In The News:

Tony Dungy's Son Found Dead - Apparent Suicide

 

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