Tony Dungy opens up about fatherhood, faith and football in ‘Daddyhood’ interview

The online magazine for dads goes one-on-one with the former NFL football coach, analyst Tony Dungy on the job of being a dad: 'It’s more about time and attitude than it is about resources.'
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(PR NewsChannel) / November 4, 2014 / TAMPA, Fla. 
Tony Dungy with Tyler Ragghianti from 'Daddyhood'

Tony Dungy with Tyler Ragghianti from ‘Daddyhood’

Daddyhood sat down with former Buccaneer and Colts head coach and Super Bowl XLI winner Tony Dungy to talk fatherhood, football and faith.

Tony Dungy has been around the NFL since 1976. After having a successful playing career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Chuck Noll asked Dungy to return to the team as a defensive backs coach in 1981. He later became the defensive coordinator, a job he held until 1989 before moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1996, he was hired as the first African American head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After six seasons in Tampa, Dungy was fired in 2001 and was later named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

With future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning leading the team, Dungy and the Colts won Super Bowl XLI in 2006, becoming the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl.

Some excerpts from the Tony Dungy interview with is now live on Daddyhood:

Tony Dungy on advice for dads:

“The job of being a dad is important and it’s more about time and attitude than it is about resources. We always think ‘If I had a little more money I could do this, if I had this to give them it’d be better’ and that’s not what they need. It’s the attitude of ‘Hey my dad thinks I am important and he shows me I’m important.’ If you do that you’re going to be a successful dad.”

Tony Dungy on mentoring football players:

“You tell players ‘I have an open door policy if you ever need to talk about things, I’m available. Keep me posted.’ Some guys you’re obviously going to be closer to than others, but trying to be there for everybody was important to me. I didn’t want to be that person where guys said ‘He helped me be a better football player but that was it.’ I obviously wanted them to be the best they can be on the field but I wanted them to develop off the field too and I considered that another part of my job. So you do take on more people and feel like you have 53 kids at times but I thought that went with the territory.”

Tony Dungy on faith and religion:

“We’ve really been intentional about explaining our thoughts on what being a Christian is all about. Not just the stereotypes but to show them what God is in our life and how we are representing Him. We’ve always talked about it with them but you also have to live it. They have to see what we are doing which reinforces the message. Just making sure we are the correct role models like our parents were for us.”

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