In Print: Coach Dungy’s Memoir

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SUPER COACH | Dungy’s book a great read, even if you’re not a football fan 

I don’t follow pro football much any more, but I did thoroughly enjoy “Quiet Strength,” the book released this year by Tony Dungy, head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Dungy led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI earlier this year; his book – which is subtitled “The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life” – was released at the beginning of the summer. I picked it up then but just recently read it, and it ranks among the best biographies/autobiographies/memoirs that I’ve ever read.

I can’t tell you much about what’s going on in the NFL, but I am a casual observer once the playoffs begin. It’s always gratifying when the best team in the league makes it through the playoffs and into a championship game. The Colts, as I recall, were the cream of the crop in pro football during the 2005 season, but didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. Last year’s team, though not as talented, persevered; Dungy’s Colts beat Lovie Smith’s Bears back in February to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the NFL’s best.

In “Quiet Strength,” Dungy tells the story of the thrill of that game, as well as the disappointments he’s faced – not being drafted after being a standout college quarterback; playing defense in the NFL after spending years as an offensive player; being traded as a pro from the league’s best team to the worst; his NFL career ending prematurely; his trials and tribulations as a coach; and finally, his son James’ suicide.

There’s plenty of football in the book, but even more “life lessons” – sage advice from the people who’ve helped Dungy succeed along the way.

You can listen to a great interview of Coach Dungy by Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson here.

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