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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2007 > Little League International Congratulates Little League Graduate Tony Dungy on Super Bowl Success

Little League International Congratulates Little League Graduate Tony Dungy on Super Bowl Success

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 5, 2007) –Tony Dungy has a reputation as an unassuming, soft-spoken individual who emphasizes sportsmanship and dedication to team success. The roots of those values were sowed as a child playing Little League, and have become a part of his persona as head coach of the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts.

Tony Dungy, a graduate of Southeast Little League in Jackson, Mich., was enshrined in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence in 1998. Mr. Dungy has been a head coach in the National Football League for 11 seasons and with Indianapolis Colts since 2002. The Colts recently won their first Super Bowl in 35 years, defeating the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI.

Mr. Dungy, a 1998 enshrinee in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence, coached the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Dolphins Stadium in Miami.

Growing up in Jackson, Mich., Mr. Dungy played in the Southeast Little League. He later attended the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in business administration.

Following graduation in 1977, he signed as a free agent with the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and one year later, played in the team’s Super Bowl XIII victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Moving from the field to the sideline, he joined the Steelers coaching staff in 1981. Following several seasons as a defensive coach with the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, Mr. Dungy was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996.

In six seasons with the Buccaneers (1996-2001), Mr. Dungy’s teams reached the playoffs four times. In Jan. 2002, he was hired by Indianapolis, and has led the Colts to five-straight 10-plus-win seasons, four division championships and five consecutive postseason appearances.

In 11 seasons as an NFL head coach, Mr. Dungy has compiled a record of 122-70 and has the distinction of being the only current coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams. He is the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl.

Mr. Dungy’s philanthropic endeavors include volunteering time as an NFL representative for the United Way, and with the National Fellowship of Christian Athletes.