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Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach—especially a football coach—to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family—and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.

The softcover edition of this #1 New York Times best-seller includes a new chapter! In it, Coach reflects on the 2007 football season and last year's successful hardcover release of Quiet Strength. Also features a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color-photo insert. Over 1 million in print!

Topics: American Football, Sports, Spirituality , Coaches, Family, Leadership, Christianity, Love, Inspirational, Success, and First Person Narration

Published: Tyndale House Publishers on
ISBN: 9781414340999
List price: $15.99
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This was my favorite biography this year. Lots of fascinating sports trivia, but the examples of struggling through difficult times and learning to depend more fully on Jesus Christ were inspiring. Some of my favorites quotes:
“If you're going to be a good teacher, you can't just teach the A students. A good teacher is the one who helps everyone earn an A.” Tony’s dad, Dr. Wilbur Dungy
“What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.”
“I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn’t always mean equal.”
“The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.”
“Despite all the good things that occurred that year, I can still look back and say that 1978 was the first season in my life in which sports weren’t the most important thing to me. I finally realized that how I lived on earth was just as important as my salvation. God had me here for a reason, and it wasn’t just to play ball. It was then that the words of Matthew 16:26 really started to sink in: ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?’"
“most of the failings of biblical leaders were spiritual rather than tactical. I needed to be prepared as much spiritually as I was in the Xs and Os.”
“Pain can be a highly effective instructor”
“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver
“He didn't call me to be successful in the world's eyes; He called me to be faithful.”
“I coach football, But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.”
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I was on vacation and saw someone reading Quiet Strength. It looked interesting in spite of the fact that I could care less about football. It was. Tony Dingy is a top notch person and football is more than the hit-em, score em game. It was well worth the read.more
This is a biography of Tony Dungy with specific emphasis on his NFL coaching career. Tony is a religious man who was a mediocre football player, mediocre coach, and lost his son due to suicide. I did not find his story inspiring. He gives God the credit for some of the game victories. It reminds me of two sides in a war with each claiming that God is on their side. It is unclear why his son committed suicide, but Tony admits that he did not spend the quality time with his family that his father did with him. I find it interesting that the Buccaneers went to the super bowl after Tony was fired and a new coach took control of the team. He was fortunate to have a talented team in Indianapolis. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Colts going to the super bowl. Hmmm. I suspect Tony is a decent guy, but he doesn't seem particularly special or inspiring to me. I will take Lance Armstrong over this guy any day of the week.more
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This was my favorite biography this year. Lots of fascinating sports trivia, but the examples of struggling through difficult times and learning to depend more fully on Jesus Christ were inspiring. Some of my favorites quotes:
“If you're going to be a good teacher, you can't just teach the A students. A good teacher is the one who helps everyone earn an A.” Tony’s dad, Dr. Wilbur Dungy
“What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.”
“I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn’t always mean equal.”
“The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.”
“Despite all the good things that occurred that year, I can still look back and say that 1978 was the first season in my life in which sports weren’t the most important thing to me. I finally realized that how I lived on earth was just as important as my salvation. God had me here for a reason, and it wasn’t just to play ball. It was then that the words of Matthew 16:26 really started to sink in: ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?’"
“most of the failings of biblical leaders were spiritual rather than tactical. I needed to be prepared as much spiritually as I was in the Xs and Os.”
“Pain can be a highly effective instructor”
“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver
“He didn't call me to be successful in the world's eyes; He called me to be faithful.”
“I coach football, But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.”
more
I was on vacation and saw someone reading Quiet Strength. It looked interesting in spite of the fact that I could care less about football. It was. Tony Dingy is a top notch person and football is more than the hit-em, score em game. It was well worth the read.more
This is a biography of Tony Dungy with specific emphasis on his NFL coaching career. Tony is a religious man who was a mediocre football player, mediocre coach, and lost his son due to suicide. I did not find his story inspiring. He gives God the credit for some of the game victories. It reminds me of two sides in a war with each claiming that God is on their side. It is unclear why his son committed suicide, but Tony admits that he did not spend the quality time with his family that his father did with him. I find it interesting that the Buccaneers went to the super bowl after Tony was fired and a new coach took control of the team. He was fortunate to have a talented team in Indianapolis. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Colts going to the super bowl. Hmmm. I suspect Tony is a decent guy, but he doesn't seem particularly special or inspiring to me. I will take Lance Armstrong over this guy any day of the week.more
What a great look inside the life of the Coach Dungy’s coaching principles and God-honoring lifestyle!With the help of Nathan Whitaker - a personal friend of the Dungys, Coach Dungy has written an amazing account of his life up-through the Colts’ Super Bowl win last year! Reading through much of the history of this great NFL coach and seeing how God has continued to be his focus throughout his adult life, it is encouraging to cheer on Coach Dungy and “my” Indianapolis Colts.The book is exciting for my football-loving mind, too, in that it reads occasionally like a play-by-play of some of the high-profile games I sat on the edge of my seat during. To read those same plays coming from the coach of the team I was cheering for brings a new angle and excitement.I recommend this book to any Colts fan AND/OR to anyone looking to read about a person who puts his faith in Christ first before his career - and how that faith interweaves throughout his dealings in life!Coach Dungy is a hero in my book - even before reading his book!more
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