Many Football fans think of Tony Dungy as a coach and a coach only. Few knew he was a member of the Pittsburgh Steeler defense back in the 70’s. When you listen to Dungy’s Hall of Fame speech …he speaks of himself as a Steeler first and foremost…interesting. Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday is recognizing both the playing career and the coaching career of Tony Dungy.
Dungy went undrafted in 1977 and was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League as a safety. He played as a defensive reserve and special teams player for the Steelers in 1977 and the Super Bowl champion 1978 season, leading the team in interceptions in the latter campaign. In 1979, Dungy was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, then finished his career a year later in the training camp of the New York Giants in 1980.
Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears inSuper Bowl XLI. Dungy set a new NFL record for consecutive playoff appearances by a head coach in 2008 after securing his tenth straight playoff appearance with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Colts qualified for the playoffs in every season they were coached by Dungy.
Dungy is the most recent NFL player to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game. Dungy was the emergency quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 1977 game against the Houston Oilers when both Terry Bradshawand Mike Kruczek went down with injuries on October 9, 1977. He played safety on defense.
Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6, 2016.
Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Tony Dungy.
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