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Anthony Kevin Dungy or Tony Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Here are 50 Awesome Tony Dungy Quotes.

Tony Dungy Quotes

1. "Football was really my least favorite sport and the last sport that I ended up picking up as a kid. My dad started me off with baseball, which most kids did at that time. I really enjoyed basketball. That was my favorite sport." - Tony Dungy

2. "All Pro Dad is an organization that started down in Tampa in 1997. And it was just a group of us who felt like we weren't doing as good a job as our fathers did in connecting with kids and being there and being involved in their lives, working and coaching and spending all the time we had to. We just felt badly." - Tony Dungy

3. "My parents had a strong impact on who I am today. My mother and dad both encouraged us to think about the long term - where you wanted to be - to think about education, to think about what is right and what is wrong, and to do things that will help you in the long run." - Tony Dungy

4. "What did you have the potential to do? And if you came close to that, if you maximized that, then you were a success in God's eyes. So many of us do things that the world would say is successful, but we have so much more potential." - Tony Dungy

5. "Even though we can’t always choose our circumstances, we can always choose our attitude in the circumstances." - Tony Dungy

6. "Everyone, everywhere, needs encouragement on a regular basis. Start with people you know and add to your list." - Tony Dungy

7. "But there's no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives." - Tony Dungy

8. "For some reason the football coach of a major college program is seen as one of the leaders of the campus. And some way we have to let our young people know that that leader can look like anyone." - Tony Dungy

9.  "I was a quarterback in college. I hoped to go to the NFL, and I didn't get drafted. I then became a free agent. I could sign with whoever I wanted to, and I ended up going to Pittsburgh." - Tony Dungy

10. "We want to enjoy our families and the hype leading up to the game." - Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy Quotes

11. "If someone needs help, I can offer advice. I'm not always right and people don't always listen." - Tony Dungy

12. "It's definitely harder being a dad than a coach." - Tony Dungy

13. "I just don't think you pass on a great quarterback if you have the opportunity. If need be, you can trade it away." - Tony Dungy

14. "I had 10 to 12 close buddies who I played ball with all the way from elementary to high school. That is where I learned to compete." - Tony Dungy

15. "Anyone who's a parent dreads that call in the middle of the night. I have four grown children and I still dread it." - Tony Dungy

16. "I got put into leadership roles very early in life from fifth grade, sixth grade. I always ended up being the quarterback or the leader of the sports teams, and it's kind of benefiting me now." - Tony Dungy

17. "People have to understand how important it is for kids to be nurtured by their mom and dad and get the great role modeling when they are young." - Tony Dungy

18. "We have a number of difficulties facing our nation, but I believe fatherlessness is right at the top of the list." - Tony Dungy

19. "The first thing you have to do is make sure you're still wanted back. I never take that for granted any more." - Tony Dungy

20. "As a young kid, I had a great background. My grandfather was a minister; I have two uncles that were ministers, and so I had that spiritual background. I accepted Christ early as a kid." - Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy Quotes

21. "I guess I'm flattered that people think I can help get things done." - Tony Dungy

22. "My heart's toward youth ministry, but I don't know. I never would have thought I would have written a book. And God kind of directed that. So we'll see what the next is." - Tony Dungy

23. "I learned from Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh that speed and explosiveness on defense is the way to build a team. Both are difficult for your opponent to assimilate in practice and then in games it is even harder to match." - Tony Dungy

24. "That's the key to defending any quarterback: to make them throw before they want to throw." - Tony Dungy

25. "I think I can always look back and say my mom and dad would have done this or suggested that in a particular situation. I just really feel blessed to have had them as parents." - Tony Dungy

26. "I know when I was an assistant coach and I started interviewing for head coaching jobs, I actually lost out on many jobs, several jobs, and the complaint that I got was, Well, he doesn't fit the mold of a head coach. He doesn't look the part. He's not gonna jump up and down. He's not going to scream." - Tony Dungy

27. "Avoidance doesn’t solve anything; it merely serves as a temporary salve." - Tony Dungy

28. "As humans, we don't know what we should do. We don't have those instincts like God has given animals. We have to see to know where we are going. It is just a natural human emotion to look for people to emulate." - Tony Dungy

29. "I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25 years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn't that way growing up." - Tony Dungy

30. "When Jim Irsay called me five years ago, he told me, 'I want you to be our coach and help us win the Super Bowl.' He told me, We are going win it the right way. We are going to win it with great guys; win it with class and dignity. We are going to win it in a way that will make Indianapolis proud." - Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy Quotes

31. "I have yet to hear God's audible voice, although I have often felt led by God in more subtle ways." - Tony Dungy

32. "It's okay to wander." - Tony Dungy

33. "You may not win the Super Bowl. Your kids may not go on to be doctors and lawyers and everything may not go perfectly. That doesn't mean it was a bad plan or the wrong thing. It's just like a football season. Everything's not going to go perfect." - Tony Dungy

34. "I've said all along that God is in control." - Tony Dungy

35. "Don't shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most people don't get to live." - Tony Dungy

36. "I enjoy talking to young people, and talking to people about helping young people. That part is not a chore. It's pretty fun, and something I like to do because I think it's important." - Tony Dungy

37. "We've got guys who aren't wrapping guys up... No matter how hard you hit them, you've still got to wrap them up." - Tony Dungy

38. "If people didn't know me and only knew my public persona, what I'd want them to know is everything that I do, I do for the Glory of Lord. Because of my Christian faith, that's who I am. I wasn't always that way, but I'm very proud that I am." - Tony Dungy

39. "I've always talked to players about perception and reality. I don't worry about perception. There may be some of that, that people want to attach to a good name, but the reality is that some good things can happen." - Tony Dungy

40. "As big a deal as the Super Bowl is, it's not the most important thing going on in the planet." - Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy Quotes

41. "You're born with some things inside you that will allow you to lead, but I think you have to take the bull by the horns. You have to want that leadership position, and then there are things you can do to develop that." - Tony Dungy

42. "I am a firm believer that the Lord sometimes has to short-circuit even our best plans for our benefit." - Tony Dungy

43. "We often can't see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole picture and His plan for us clearly." - Tony Dungy

44. "We're not hitting on all cylinders, defensively. When we're playing good, I'll let you know." - Tony Dungy

45. "The further I get away from coaching, the more I know I made the right decision. You almost forget how wonderful family life is." - Tony Dungy

46. "I know that not everybody gets to coach an NFL team, and I want to do that as well as I can all the time. That's my motivation. I want to help my players to be as good as they can be." - Tony Dungy

47. "I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games." - Tony Dungy

48. "If you're just saying, hey, I'm doing this. I'm working to make money. I'm working to increase my status. If that's all there is, I think you will find out that it's meaningless." - Tony Dungy

49. "Lovie Smith and I are not only the first two African-Americans but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way and we're more proud of that." - Tony Dungy

50. "I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn't always mean equal." - Tony Dungy


Best Tony Dungy Quotes

1.
Things will go wrong at times. You can't always control your attitude, approach, and response. You options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better
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It's about the journey--mine and yours--and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave, and the world we can change for the better.
3.
The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

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