Tony Dungy had a career in football that most people in the field of sports can’t help but respect and envy. A special MVP Banquet honoring him and his accomplishments will take place on March 3, offering a chance to meet him and hear him speak.
Dungy played in college for the University of Minnesota, then played three seasons in the National Football league, first for the Pittsburgh Steelers and then for the San Francisco 49ers. But he was destined to do more than just play the game and in 1980 he began a successful career as a coach. Dungy served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years and as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts for six years. He was the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl in 2007, with the Colts defeating the Chicago Bears. He was also the youngest in NFL history to become an assistant coach when he was just 25, and a coordinator when he was just 28.
Besides his accomplishments in football, Dungy also founded the program Mentors for Life, which mentors young people and supports a number of organizations. His book, “Quiet Strength,” published in 2007 became the #1 New York Times Best Seller at more than one million copies, touching many people’s lives with its message.
The MVP Banquet on March 3, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, takes place at the Donna E. Shalala Center Complex in Coral Gables, 1330 Miller Drive, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30. There will be a special introduction by Mark Richt, the new University of Miami coach.
You can register online for the banquet at <www.miamifca.org>.