(pictured above: Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy is now a television analyst and best-selling author.)
Legendary football coach and bestselling author Tony Dungy will kick off Wake Forest University’s Leadership Project on Wednesday, March 26 with a 6:30 p.m. address in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, becoming the first African American coach to reach that feat. He established another NFL first by leading his teams to the playoffs for 10 consecutive years.
He joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Widely recognized as an inspirational champion both on and off the field, Dungy has authored several books on topics of significance, such as living life with integrity, courage, strength and purpose.
Before Dungy joined the Colts and Tampa Bay, he held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming an assistant coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL and won the Super Bowl as a member of the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers. Dungy retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America.”
Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
He recently released his fourth book, “Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Lauren Dungy. The couple has eight children.
An ongoing effort, the Leadership Project aims to prepare students graduating into a world that is more competitive, dynamic and uncertain than earlier generations.
“At Wake Forest, our responsibility is to educate the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and to help students find their place in the world. It means that while at Wake, students discover where their gifts and talents lie and are challenged to explore questions deeply and to think about their own responsibility for making the world better,” a statement explaining the Project reads.