Candid conversation with Dungy

October 21, 2008
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coachdungyIndianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy likes Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. That’s just one of the interesting nuggets from this morning’s IBJ Power Breakfast featuring Coach Dungy. The coach stopped short of saying he’d vote for Obama. Dungy said he’s disappointed with the negative tone coming from both sides in this presidential campaign. Dungy said Obama and GOP candidate John McCain have devoted far too much time tearing down the other and not enough time focusing on how to make things better.

Another interesting revelation came when an audience member asked if Dungy had the choice to have lunch with any person, who would he choose? Dungy’s answer: legendary basketball coach John Wooden and Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa. Dungy said he admires both men for what they’ve stood for and the courage they’ve shown through their convictions.

Colts fans breathed a sigh of relief when Dungy said this morning that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is in solid physical shape and the team shouldn’t need to consider drafting a new franchise quarterback for at least five years.

Perhaps most importantly to Colts fans, Dungy said he couldn’t see himself coaching anywhere else besides Indianapolis or working for any other NFL owner besides Jim Irsay. And while he admitted that moving on to other things crosses his mind now and then, he said he still has some things to accomplish in football.

“Like hopefully win a few more Super Bowls,” Dungy said.

A few more Super Bowls! I guess that means we’ll see Coach Dungy at next year’s IBJ Power Breakfast.
  • I was at the breakfast this morning. I find it interesting that the first line of your article is 'Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy likes Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. This breakfast was not intended to be a political endorsement of any sort. From where I sat, I heard nothing from Tony about a political preference toward either party. Why not focus on what this breakfast was really about . . . being a good man, good father, and good Christian. Tony Dungy is a very remarkable man. We have had enough of politics . . . move on!
  • I never said Coach Dungy endorsed Barack Obama. He merely said he liked the man. And while Tony's take on fatherhood and family matters are no less important, those things have been well documented. His views on politics and political candidates, on the other hand, have not. And since someone from today's audience asked the coach about his views on Sen. Obama, I assumed several others in this community also would be interested about his thoughts on the subject. As for having enough of politics ... we're just two weeks from a very important election. I personally think every election is important, and thus worthy of discussing and writing about. I'll never move on from topics that I think are important to this community. Thanks for reading.
  • Coach Dungy did a wonderful job this morning. His ability to bring peace into a room is uncanny despite the size or audience. The best line of the morning had to be his PC way of describing the officiating that took place during the Green Bay game. A close second would be his story of why he doesn't intend to seek a position in politics.
    Thanks IBJ for setting up this event which was a great start to the work day.
  • Thanks Coach Mac for coming and for your thoughts on the event. To illuminate those who were not at this morning's IBJ Power Breakfast, Coach Dungy said (and I'm paraphrashing a bit here) teams that play well don't have a problem with poor officiating. Coach Dungy also referred to a conversation he had with Colin Powell and inserted a recollection about Powell telling him he wasn't running for office because at the time his approval rating was so high and he didn't want to see that go down. So much good stuff, so little space. Attendees of this morning's event should feel free to share their recollections of this morning's event. Coach Dungy was even gracious enough to field questions from admitted Eagles and Patriots fans.
  • I always find these IBJ breakfasts illuminating. It seems like you always get some interesting information in these non-press conference type settings. And it's nice for everyday people to get the opportunity to ask guys like Tony Dungy questions. That's a pretty rare opportunity. I loved his response about half time of the AFC championship game two years ago. Can't wait until next year. In the meantime, I can't wait until the breakfast featuring Tom Crean.
  • I don't delete comments on this blog without first giving it serious thought. Gene, I took your comment down this morning because I feel it was inappropriate. This is why I think it is inappropriate. If you don't personally know Tony Dungy, there's no way you could pass judgement on certain personal aspects of his life. Even if you do know him personally, I would still think you might tread lightly with such judgements. Further, if you do know Tony personally, I would think the question you pose is one better asked in person not on a sports blog.

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