Yesterday marked the end of an era as Tony Dungy, head coach for the past 7 years of the Indianapolis Colts, announced his retirement. I for one am sad to see him go. Tony Dungy is one of those people that draws you to them. I have followed him and the Colts for a number of years and have developed great respect for the man. Not only is he an outstanding coach, he is a great man of faith. I believe this is only the beginning for Tony Dungy and that God has bigger plans for him.
Tony Dungy has spent 31 years in the NFL, 3 as a player and 28 as a coach. He has served as a head coach for the past 13 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. The Tony Dungy era in Indy has been on of historical success. His overall record in Indianapolis is 92-33, including a Super Bowl victory, in which he became the first African-American head coach to win the big game. He led the Colts to 5 consecutive AFC South titles from 2003-2007. He also has led the team to the playoffs and won 10 or more games in all 7 years as the Colts’ head coach. Coach Dungy holds the NFL record for consecutive seasons leading a team to the playoffs (10) and consecutive 12-win seasons (6).
Below is the video of Tony Dungy’s retirement speech. He will be missed by many, whether a Colts’ fan or not.