- NAME: Tony Dungy
- OCCUPATION: Football Player
- BIRTH DATE: October 06, 1955 (Age: 58)
- Did You Know?: Tony Dungy is the only NFL player since the AFL-NFL merger to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game.
- Did You Know?: In 2007, Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears.
- Did You Know?: In 2011, Tony Dungy and his wife authored a children's book, You Can Be a Friend, which teaches children the importance of being a good friend.
- EDUCATION: Jackson High School, University of Minnesota
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Jackson, Mississippi
- Full Name: Anthony Kevin Dungy
- AKA: Anthony Dungy
- AKA: Tony Dungy
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007.
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Tony Dungy was born on October 6, 1955, in Jackson, Michigan. After playing for the University of Minnesota, Dungy played three seasons in the National Football League, for the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers. Beginning his coaching career in 1980, Dungy went on to serve as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later the Indianapolis Colts. He guided the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.
"When you're in a situation, you can complain about it, you can feel sorry for yourself, you can do a lot of things. But how are you gonna make the situation better?"
Anthony Kevin Dungy was born October 6, 1955, in Jackson, Michigan. The son of educators—his father, Wilbur, was a science professor at Jackson Community College; his mother, Cleomae, taught high school Shakespeare—Dungy and his three siblings were brought up in home where a getting a good education was considered important.
Dungy was both a stellar student and a standout athlete. At 14, he was elected student body president of Jackson High School, where he also starred on the basketball, football and track teams.
In 1973, Dungy enrolled at the University of Minnesota on a full football scholarship and took the helm as the team's starting quarterback. Over his four-year career with the Gophers, Dungy put up an array of impressive numbers, finishing as the program's career leader in pass attempts, completions, touchdown passing and passing yards. In addition, Dungy, the student, was a two-time Academic All–Big Ten selection and also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor—the conference's most notable distinction—in 1977.
Despite his college career, no NFL team believed that Tony Dungy's arm would translate well in the pros. After failing to get selected in the 1977 NFL draft, Dungy tried out for and made the Pittsburgh Steelers as a converted safety.
Playing for legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll, Dungy adapted well to the new position, even leading the team in interceptions during the franchise's Super Bowl–winning 1978 season.
The following year, the Steelers traded Dungy to the San Francisco 49ers. Dungy played one season with his new club before getting traded again, to the New York Giants. Dungy made it to preseason with the club, but was cut before the regular season began. Shortly afterward, the three-year veteran announced his retirement.
Following a stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, Dungy landed a job with the Steelers, making him, at 25, the youngest assistant coach in NFL history. In 1984 Pittsburgh made him the league's youngest defensive coordinator.
Dungy's time with the Steelers ended after the 1988 season. But the young coach wasn't out of work for long. He hooked on with Kansas City as the club's secondary coach, and then in 1991 signed on with the Minnesota Vikings as the franchise's new defensive coordinator.
Considered one of the brightest young minds in the NFL, Dungy landed his first head coaching opportunity in 1996, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tapped him to lead the club. For a franchise that had long been the league's doormat, Dungy, with his calm demeanor and ability to connect with players, was a breath of fresh air, bringing both respectability and victories to a team sorely lacking in both areas.
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