36 Facts About Tony Dungy


Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy is an American former football safety and coach who served as a head coach in the National Football League for 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts.

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Tony Dungy's teams became perennial postseason contenders under his leadership, missing the playoffs only twice with Tampa Bay.

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Tony Dungy led the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI, making him the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl.

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Tony Dungy began his head coaching tenure in 1996 with the Buccaneers, a franchise regarded as one of the league's worst, and was successfully able to turn the team's image.

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Since retiring, Tony Dungy has served as an analyst on NBC's Football Night in America.

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Tony Dungy is the national spokesman for the fatherhood program All Pro Dad.

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Tony Dungy was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Tony Dungy is a huge advocate for representation, social justice, and more coaching opportunities for African Americans in the NFL.

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Tony Dungy is the most recent NFL player to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game.

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Tony 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.

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Tony Dungy installed his version of the Cover 2 defense with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin with a few new wrinkles.

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The result was the now-famous Tampa 2, though Tony Dungy openly admitted it was based on concepts he had picked up from his days in Pittsburgh.

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Tony Dungy was fired the prior season and replaced with Jon Gruden, because he could not quite get the team there.

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Tony Dungy installed his "Tampa 2" defense immediately and continued to retool the Colts' defense to his liking during his tenure.

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Tony Dungy was reunited with Tom Moore, who was retained as offensive coordinator.

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Moore and Tony Dungy had previously worked together at Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

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Tony Dungy signed a three-year contract extension in October 2005 for US$5 million per year.

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Tony Dungy was the youngest assistant coach at age 25 and the youngest coordinator at age 28 in NFL history.

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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.

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On defense, Tony Dungy used a stifling "Cover 2"-style zone defense, which usually was based around a formation of four linemen, three linebackers, and four defensive backs.

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The "Cover 2" defense Tony Dungy used involved his linemen rushing the passer, the cornerbacks covering the passing flat area, the linebackers covering the middle of the field, and the safeties providing deep coverage on each half of their respective zones.

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The personnel and techniques that Tony Dungy used in this defense were very specific, and as a result, his style of defense earned the moniker of the "Tampa 2" around the NFL.

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Tony Dungy learned from Noll that it takes all 53 of the players on the team to win so that a coach should train the 53rd player on the roster as he would the third player, which has become the spine of Tony Dungy's own coaching philosophy, the Next Man Up theory of calm coaching.

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Tony Dungy stressed that a team should have a thought process, a philosophy, and the conviction to stick with it, even if personnel change during the games because of injuries.

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In March 2009, President Barack Obama invited Tony Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Tony Dungy 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.

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Tony Dungy had turned down offers from National Football League Players' Association to become liaison to the NFL.

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Tony Dungy is an evangelical Christian, and at one point in his coaching career considered leaving football for the prison ministry.

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Tony Dungy has been active in many community-service organizations in the cities in which he has coached.

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Tony Dungy began a mentoring program for young people called Mentors for Life, and provided Buccaneers' tickets for the participants.

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Tony Dungy received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university.

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Since retirement, Tony Dungy has become an informal mentor to the formerly suspended NFL player Michael Vick, counseling him during his incarceration, serving as his advocate in trying to get a team to have him on the roster regardless of whatever distraction could arise from having him on the roster .

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Tony Dungy said he had actually gotten "more satisfaction" from the success of Quiet Strength than the Super Bowl win.

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Tony Dungy said that his other hopes for You Can Do It were that it would encourage parents to read to their kids and that kids would learn the lesson of pursuing whatever field they were talented in, even if it might not be the popular thing to do.

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Tony Dungy has published Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, a book revealing lessons on achieving significance that Tony Dungy has learned.

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Tony Dungy was on the cover of NFL Head Coach 09 as its "cover coach".

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