Thanks Tony Dungy!

For being the outstanding coach you became after a good career as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and for a very short time (several weeks) with the New York Football Giants. While it was brief I enjoyed having you as a teammate. Thanks for your tenure as an assistant coach and then on to being a Head Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Indianapolis Colts. Thanks for becoming the first African-American National Football League Coach to win a SuperBowl. Thanks for your coaching tree of Herman Edwards, Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli and now Jim Caldwell. Thanks for your support of the Fritz Pollard Alliance in it’s quest to create a greater sense of diversity in the hiring of Minority Coaches, Scouts and Personnel in the NFL. Thanks for truly being a tremendous role model for those players you’ve coached and those coaches you coached with on your journey. Thanks for doing the job the “Tony Dungy Way”! You will definitely be missed! Thanks for all that you’ve done as a football man.

I want to thank you in advance of what you are about to do as a Man! To leave the game of football at the height of your career and devote your life to making a difference in the lives of others especially young men is more important than winning any Lombardi Trophy. I’ve always respected you but that respect is clearly off the charts!

Enjoy your new life and free time with your family.