Tony Dungy, the Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, recently spoke during chapel/convocation to AU students, faculty, staff, and community members about his past experiences from college, his life in the NFL and the importance of Christ.
After growing up with his parents being teachers, and other family members as Baptist preachers, Dungy has been a person the NFL, the community and team members have grown to respect and love for his Christian leadership and discipline. When taking the job with the Colts, after being head coach at Tampa Bay, Dungy recalls his meeting with team owner Jim Irsay. Dungy was looking not only for a great franchise but a team that focused on community leadership and the importance of being a role model versus winning all the big games.
Soon after being hired in 2002, Dungy has been an advocate in not just being a Christian but showing his love for Christ to others through his work.
Dungy expressed the importance at the AU chapel about how growing spiritually during college years is important and is one thing he regrets from his college times at the University of Minnesota. In 1977 at the young age of 21, Dungy joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent and said he learned then from team members and coaches how to live out the Christian life and not just be a Christian.
Though his coaching and playing experiences have taken him too many different cities and teams from Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay to the Colts, Dungy has remained a man focused on his love for God, his family and his servant’s heart.
Dungy stayed to sign autographs and meet students one-on-one before heading to the Wigwam in Anderson to speak on perseverance at another community event.
Tony Dungy just concluded his fourth season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Dungy took the helm of the club on January 22, 2002, after serving six seasons with Tampa Bay. Dungy has directed the Colts to a 48-16 regular-season record, four playoff appearances, three AFC South titles and one AFC Championship game during his tenure in Indianapolis. The club was 10-6 in his initial season, and he guided the Colts to 12-4 division-winning seasons in 2003 and 2004. The team was 14-2 in 2005 and won the AFC South title for a third consecutive season. Dungy helped the club produce three consecutive divisional crowns for the first time since 1975-77. The 2005 season marked his 10th as an NFL head coach. He has taken eight of his 10 teams to the playoffs.
Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana) is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts university of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, music, nursing and education.
— Writer Stefanie Leiter is the editor of the Anderson University Web site in the AU Office of Communications.