Tony Dungy

March 28, 2019 |

The American Studies Institute at Harding University hosted Tony Dungy, former head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and football analyst for NBC Sports, for the fourth presentation of its 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. The presentation was titled “Motivating for Success.”

As head coach for the Colts, Dungy became the first African American coach to lead his team to an NFL championship. In 13 seasons as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dungy amassed a 148-79 overall record and reached the postseason an unprecedented 10 straight times. He retired in 2009 after a 31-year NFL career and is currently an analyst and commentator for NBC Sports. In 2016, Dungy was selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dungy is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include “Quiet Strength,” “Uncommon,” “The Mentor Leader” and “Uncommon Marriage.” His latest book, “The Soul of a Team,” which he wrote with Nathan Whitaker, was released in January. Dungy has also written children’s books, including “You Can Do It!” and “You Can Be a Friend,” which is one of several he has co-authored with his wife, Lauren. Dungy also devotes his passion and experience to programs that inspire achievement and success, especially those that benefit and speak to young men. He and his wife lead the Dungy Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization they founded with the goal of strengthening communities by helping those in need. “Coach Dungy uses both his successes and his difficult times in life to connect with his readers and listeners,” said McLarty. “I think the ASI audience will not only be impressed with him, but will also genuinely like him.”

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