During this time where students and teachers are learning and teaching from home, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will once again offer its highly popular Heart of a Hall of Famer series, powered by Extreme Networks, on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 12:00PM ET with Gold Jacket and Class of 2016 Inductee Tony Dungy. The program provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it took beyond athletic ability to achieve success on and off the field.
Tony Dungy, a former NFL defensive back, advanced through the coaching ranks following his playing career. He earned his first head coaching position in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and over the next 13 seasons, that included seven years with the Indianapolis Colts, he racked up 148 total victories.
Dungy took over a Buccaneers team in 1996 that had suffered 12 double-digit loss seasons in the previous 13 years before his arrival. The fortunes of the franchise quickly changed under his leadership. Though, after six seasons in Tampa Bay, that included four trips to the playoffs, Dungy was relieved of his duties.
Eight days after his dismissal by the Bucs, Dungy was hired by Indianapolis. During Dungy’s seven-year reign as Indy’s head coach, the Colts posted 12 or more wins in all of those seasons and the team claimed five divisional titles and advanced to the playoffs every year of Dungy’s tenure as coach. In 2006, Dungy guided the Colts to an AFC South Division title and capped the season with a thrilling 38-34 win over their archrival New England Patriots in the AFC championship game and a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Dungy became the first African American head coach ever to win a Super Bowl.
We will be streaming the program LIVE on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Facebook page and will take questions from students throughout the program. To participate, all you will need to do is:
Visit www.facebook.com/ProFootballHOF at 12:00PM ET on April 21st to view the program.
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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out by email to Jacob.Ray@ProFootballHOF.com