Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life

Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life

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by Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker, Denzel Washington

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2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach—especially a football coach—to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming


2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach—especially a football coach—to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family—and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.

The softcover edition of this #1 New York Times best-seller includes a new chapter! In it, Coach reflects on the 2007 football season and last year's successful hardcover release of Quiet Strength. Also features a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color-photo insert. Over 1 million in print!

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Copyright © 2007 Tony Dungy
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-1801-1

Chapter One


We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

IT WAS TIME. I figured I had waited long enough. Darkness had fallen on that winter evening, two days after our team's business had concluded for the season. The building was otherwise deserted as I pulled up and parked at the small wooden shack guarding the entrance to One Buccaneer Place.

One Buc, as we all called it, stood quiet. The one-story, stucco and concrete block building was located on the edge of the Tampa International Airport. The color of butter pecan ice cream, this was the original building that housed the newly formed Buccaneers in 1976. Rather than expand the building as the organization exploded in size over the years-as personnel were added for coaching, scouting, marketing, public relations, ticketing, and other functions-the Bucs had simply added a series of trailers on the other side of a small parking lot in the late 1990s. The trailers were collectively known as Two Buc.

Oscar, the guard on duty, escortedme through the locked gate on the side of the building; my security code no longer worked. Silently I gathered six years' worth of my professional life from my office-three-ring binders with notes, play diagrams, and play-calling sheets; various books and photographs; my sons' video games; and a couple of Buccaneers hats, although I'd never wear them again. I was lost in my memories as I placed these things rather haphazardly in cardboard boxes thoughtfully left out for me by my administrative assistant. No, I realized, Lora is somebody else's administrative assistant now.

I stopped to contemplate a wood-framed picture in the stack. It had been taken our first year in Tampa, and we were all beaming: my daughter, Tiara; my sons, Jamie and Eric; my wife, Lauren; and me. The stadium grass behind us was a vibrant green, the shade of an Irish meadow, sliced into five-yard increments by crisp, white stripes. A teeming throng of humanity, dressed in orange and red and squinting in the unforgiving Florida sun, filled the stands in the picture's background.

The summer of 1996 had been a long time ago.

Now, in the winter of 2002, that same Florida sky was dark. Dark, cold, and damp. The mist that had begun in the afternoon had turned to light drops. The weather mirrored my dark inner world on that night of January 14.

* * *

I finished packing the last of the items. Not that much, really. A few boxes stood by the door, ready to be carried home. Nothing else of note remained. That office of mine had been lived in pretty hard, I had to admit. Most of the homework completed by my sons Jamie and Eric over the previous six years had been done in there, and the office had seen countless games of catch, video-game competitions, and other pursuits geared around young boys.

I later learned that Rich McKay, general manager of the Bucs during my tenure as head coach, had asked the facility manager to clean and paint the office that week, noting that my replacement was "about to move into an office that two boys have been living in every day for the last six years."

As I wrapped things up, I noticed that the light drops falling outside had turned into a heavy rain.

I should have just walked out, since by then it was getting late. Instead, I wandered out of my office and through the building, stopping in the coaches' locker room. Standing in the middle of the room, I let my gaze sweep over the cramped, worn twelve-by-fifteen room. I looked from locker to locker, reading some names, imagining others.

Monte Kiffin. Chris Foerster. Clyde Christensen. Rod Marinelli.

We had shared this locker room and many memories, these men and I. We had spent hours, weeks, and years together. These men had walked off the frozen, concrete-hard synthetic turf in Philadelphia with me just two days earlier, their careers critically stung by the Bucs' 31-9 loss. So much had been at stake for all of us-and the players too-yet the outcome had never really been in doubt.

It was a difficult season punctuated by a painful ending.

And now God had something different in mind for all of us.

I tried to take solace in the things we had accomplished together-three straight playoff appearances, more wins than any other staff in team history-but they seemed hollow, even within me. I stared at the lockers, the enormity of the moment suddenly overwhelming as I remembered names of guys long gone from my staff.

Lovie Smith. Herm Edwards. Mike Shula.

The prognosticators had been circling for weeks. And amid season-long rumors that a new head coach was being courted, their speculations had finally become reality. I had been fired. Many of the assistant coaches-maybe all of them-would be let go as well. They would all come out fine. I knew that. But I also ached for the inevitable pain I knew they would face as they dealt with the uncertainty of their futures, that their children would face when they were uprooted from their schools, that their wives would face when ripped from their support systems.

Joe Barry. Mike Tomlin. Alan Williams. Jim Caldwell.

These men had just come that year. Why did they have to go? It was hard to figure. My family had come to Tampa for a reason. God had led us here, opened doors that we didn't expect would be open, and allowed us to connect deeply with this community. But for what purpose?

Not football, apparently. I felt certain that the Buccaneers were my best, and possibly last, chance to lead an NFL team. For whatever reason, God had closed the door. For what? Possibly some sort of ministry. I was heavily involved in the All Pro Dad organization and Abe Brown's prison ministry, both based in Tampa, as well as our church, Idlewild Baptist Central. Maybe God was trying to turn my focus toward those.

But did He have to close this door already?

And close it so firmly?

It really was hard to fathom. I had been faithful, hadn't I? So faithful in the mission that surely-surely-it was going to be blessed by Him. I had come here in 1996 with dreams of creating an organization based on values and character, and my staff and I had succeeded in doing just that. But God obviously wanted something else from me now.

It wasn't really the firing itself that was a shock but rather the thought that God was allowing this great experiment to end. Hadn't we tried to do things right?

Oscar reappeared. It was late, approaching midnight.

I walked out, traversing a path between the squat racks, benches, and other weight-lifting machines in the weight area attached to the building. A cool mist blew in under the awning, dampening my forty-six-year-old face. This half of the weight room was outside and open on its ends and side, but at least the Glazers, the Bucs' owners, had partially covered it with a vinyl awning. Although the weights were cooled and heated-mostly heated-according to the daily whims of the southwest Florida climate, they were usually out of direct reach of the elements.

I looked to my left, past the row of squat racks and away from the building. Through the dark and rain, I could barely make out the two shadowy practice fields. The runway lights of the airport were clearly visible just yards beyond.

Where was the burning bush? Where was that still, small voice? Or, even better, the loud, booming one.

The only voice I could hear clearly was my own, crying out in the wilderness. When will I hear Your voice, Lord?

I returned from my thoughts as Oscar quickly maneuvered between and around the weight machines to beat me to the next door. He pressed the electronic pad, releasing the magnetic lock on the chain-link gate that separated the weight area and practice fields from the waiting parking lot.

* * *

The Bay News 9 reporter had been waiting all night for this shot. For two days, news trucks had been parked along the street, on the front lawn, in the surrounding ditches-wherever they could fit close to One Buc.

I thought everyone had abandoned the vigil hours earlier, when the Buccaneers had issued a statement that there would be a press conference the following morning. But on a hunch, this reporter had doubled back in the dark and rain, and he was about to hit the jackpot.

He must have seen my head over the dark green screen of the fence; he began filming just as I carried the boxes through the gate and into the open area. He was across the street, sitting in the back of a news van on airport property, but given the narrow street and small parking area, he was no more than fifty feet away. The lens on his video camera more than compensated for that short distance as I walked directly toward him.

His nighttime footage of me would air repeatedly over the next several days. Everyone in the Tampa viewing area would have multiple opportunities to see Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, placing boxes into his SUV in the pouring rain.

As I drove away from One Buc, I knew that my real and painful experience of being fired was an all-too-common part of the human condition in the young 21st century. I reminded myself that it was temporary. I took comfort in the knowledge that this, too, would pass. But my emotions were a mixture of peace and bewilderment with a swirl of unanswered questions.

What's next? What could we have done differently?

I kept driving, across Columbus Drive and up Dale Mabry Highway. I went past Raymond James Stadium, where I'd experienced so many highs. Fittingly, it was now empty. As I reached Bearss Avenue, I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. I kept reminding myself that I would move on, that things would turn out all right professionally, that Lauren and the children were resilient enough to handle all of this. And it was obvious to me that God had something else for us, or He wouldn't have closed off what we were doing with the Bucs.

When will I hear Your voice, Lord? Soon, I hope.

I knew everything would ultimately be fine, but at that moment-on that rain-swept night of January 14, 2002-my Explorer and my spirits traveled under the same dark clouds.


Excerpted from QUIET STRENGTH by TONY DUNGY NATHAN WHITAKER Copyright © 2007 by Tony Dungy. Excerpted by permission.
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Chase-W More than 1 year ago
"Quiet Strength" by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy. When I first picked up this book I expected it to be mostly about football, and nothing else. Some of it was about football but what surprised me, and what I think made it such a good book was that Dungy did not only speak about football but about real life as well. I also learned much more about Tony Dungy in this book. When he describes his life growing up, and as an NFL head coach there is virtually no difference between the two. He does not like to gloat to everyone that he is an NFL head coach who has won a super bowl. Instead he lets everyone know that his life is the same as ours. In some parts of the book he talks about taking his kids to school, but he also says he is doing it on his way to work. Not going to coach an NFL team. This tells a lot about his personality, and that he is a regular guy that just happens to coach and NFL team. Dungy also makes you think about your life. He talks about how many NFL teams require their coaches to stay at work late at night, and watching tapes of previous games. When he is the head coach he makes sure that all the coaches and him get home at a reasonable time so that they can spend time with their families which are more important than the game of football. This book makes you think about yourself, but it also tells a lot about Tony Dungy. If you like books that allow you to relax this is a good one for you. I would give this book an A+!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet Strength  This book, Quiet Strength, is a must read. If you love football, dramas, family stories, or you are looking for inspiration, this is the book for you! Tony Dungy writes an incredibly well written book on his life as a coach, player, son, and father. Throughout the book Tony talks about all the struggles he faced in his life. He starts with his coaching and then brings it over to convey meaning to his life as family man. He encompasses the whole story in a way that keeps on your toes waiting for more. The book in itself is an easy entertaining read. Another big aspect of this book is Tony’s Faith life. All throughout his story he never loses sight of his Faith. If anything his Faith is only strengthened by his setbacks in life. This is a truly inspiring book that will keep you on edge with everything that gets thrown at you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a few sports books and Christian books, but this was the first I have read that combines both these genres together in a Christ-centered way. I was inspired by the way Dungy reflected on stories about his football journey and walk with God during that time. For football fans, athletes, and people in leadership roles this book on humble roots and tough love is something that should not be passed up. Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first time an African American coach won the Super Bowl. He also is known as one of the NFL¿s best coaches. Tony Dungy¿s words and example of living a Christ filled life has intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl 41, the first for an African American coach. Dungy went through some grueling times and yet lead his team to victory. How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective book, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family and challenges us all to rethink our ideas of what it means to succeed. Quiet Strength is such an inspiring book that shows what it means to incorporate faith into work and leadership.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a believer myself & a huge football fan, I was very moved & inspired by this book. I actually bought it as a gift for my husband, but once I read the first few pages, I literally could not put it down!!! It definitely stirred my heart to be extraordinary in all the ordinary things. Read it & you WILL enjoy it!!!
phalcon87 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was written in an easy manner to read. I liked the way coach Dungy wrote about the ups and downs in his life while keeping his faith in God.
onfire4christ More than 1 year ago
Tony Dungy is a true winner at everything he does. I am not the biggest fan of the Indianapolis Colts. In fact I rooted for the Saints in the Super Bowl. But I very sad the day that Tony Dungy retired from coaching. A big reason for why I was sad was because i read this book. Even though he had a dream job of coaching a Super Bowl winning team and having Peyton Manning as his quarterback, he still suffered great heartbreak. He talks about how he is able to overcome the loss of his son when he commited suicide. His adopted son has a great disorder to where he is unable to feel pain. He was even fired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the year before Tampa won Super Bowl XXXVII. However he is still a humble servant of the lord and when he won Super Bowl XLI he gave all glory to God. In his book he talks about being a good role model and winning the right way. He also mentions how to deal with great adversity such as the loss of a child. He has walked through the valleys and has faced the giants and still he is a rock when it comes to his faith. This book is a great inspiration to be a roll model for others and that anyone can overcome anythng at anytime when life gets hard. It is a great book and I recomend it for the whole family.
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book
AddisonH7C More than 1 year ago
Book Review on Quiet Strength Exciting, harsh, and heartbreaking! Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker received **** from me for this excellent book. The book talks about how Tony is successful in life and how he does it using a calm sense of passion as a coach, and as a person. Tony started off his career as a safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Later he was traded to the terrible San Francisco 49ers. After Tony retires. A few years later he became the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2002 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would defeat the heavily favored Oakland Raiders. Later after winning, Tony would take the Head Coaching job for the Indianapolis Colts. He had great years over there. But something tragic hit the Dungy family. The family would be without their beloved member, Jason. Tony was devastated. But this didn't stop him from coaching. He kept coaching and helped the Colts win 12 games, and a division pennant. Unfortunately the Colts were to be knocked out of the opening round against the Pittsburgh Steelers who would go off to win the Super Bowl that year. In the book, Tony teaches us that you don't have to be a hardheaded person, to be able to win a football game or life. A memory that would last in Tony's mind for a lifetime was when his Indianapolis Colts were down big at half time to the New England Patriots. It was the American Football Conference finals. The winner gets a chance to win the Super Bowl. So in the locker room, Tony remained calm and told his players to take action on the field, and to stay in the game mentally. His players followed what he told them to do and in the end the Colts defeat the Patriots and move on to play in the Super Bowl where they would crown themselves champions of the world over the Chicago Bears. He then shows that even the quietest people can have success in life, and can still get threw peoples head so they can understand. Tony also does not act different on the football field as he does with his family. He even wants his children to succeed and win but also winning isn't everything. His decisions weren't all based on what he or people made, but what he thought God himself would do. I would say Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy along with Nathan Whitaker did a great job on this book because I thought both he and Nathan did a solid job on writing this book, and definitely should feel good that they wrote a novel that doesn't only talk about football. But how to live a better life in general. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to see what the NFL coaches are really like, or if you just like to plain flat out read
TampaBayFan More than 1 year ago
I lived in Tampa for 20 years before moving to San Diego. I was a Buccaneer fan that attended quite a few games that were coached by Coach Dungy. His book is great as well as his recollection of the Tampa Bay Bucs games. I too was so inspired by his walk with the Lord through the valleys.

His insight to his coaching changes was especially interesting as well as him asking guidance from God to help in these decisions. Especially funny was when his wife wanted to go from the frigid north to sunny Tampa.

I knew Coach Dungy was something else, to turn around that sad sack of a team the Buccaneers. But,now upon reading this book, I realize what a great man he is.

He will definitely be an inspiration to me and my family.

Way to go Coach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who do not really enjoy reading books on faith (I am one). I urge you to reconsider and read this book. I am a HUGE COLTS FAN, which is why I wanted to read this book, but it is a PERFECT mix of Tony Dungys faith and football, so macho guys (such as myself) can still read and enjoy this book as can the more faith inspired people. 5/5!
Anonymous 12 months ago
“Quiet Strength” was an incredible book covering the stories of Tony Dungy throughout his lifetime. Tony describes his successes and failures while growing up, playing professional football and coaching professional football. Tony’s focus throughout the book was clearly centered around giving God the glory regardless of the circumstance. Tony discussed the hardships and trials of being surrounded with the temptations of this world. Tony started off being a very successful high school and college football player, and was hopeful to play in the NFL. God worked his ways and Tony was eventually signed by the Pittsburg Steelers, and then eventually lead several teams to playoffs and Super Bowls. It was incredible to read about both Tony’s failures as a coach (with the Bucs) and his successes (with the Colts). Tony’s dedication and faith are very inspirational to many and is the perfect example of how to give God praise whether or not the situation is good or bad. “You can't always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.” Tony’s faithfulness never failed and he continued to lift his head when things didn’t go his way. “We often can't see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole picture and His plan for us clearly.” I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who loves sports. However, it is also a book that can relate to the hardships of anyone’s life. Everybody goes through situations where they don’t know if they can trust God. This book shows countless examples of never giving up and trusting God through every circumstance in life. This book definitely pushes the reader to think about their own life from learning about another’s. That’s what I love about the raw and down to earth writing style of Tony Dungy. He is a failure but realizes that He needs Christ in every aspect of life. This is a must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In “Quiet Strength” by ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy, there is something for everyone to learn. Whether you’re a sports fan, a Christian, or none of the above, there are lessons that can be applied to everyday life. Dungy writes effortlessly and passionately about his life on the field as a player and coach and off the field as a son, husband, and father, his anecdotes fraught with learning opportunities. Many of these lessons are universal and applicable to everyone, such as his “No excuses, no explanations” lesson that is used continuously to remind himself, his players, and the reader to take responsibility for their actions in order to be truly happy. Though his teachings are quite general and all-inclusive, Dungy expertly weaves his strong faith into his story, making his relationship with Christ and its importance in his life very evident without forcing it upon a reader who might not share the same beliefs. Dungy uses his faith to get him through some very difficult experiences, including the loss of his son, informing the reader that God will always lead them to the right place granted they follow Him faithfully. All in all, “Quiet Strength” is a book for all to read, especially when going through tough times. Dungy moves through his difficulties with such grace, such quiet strength, that his actions can be made an example for everyone, whether you’re an athlete, a devout Christian, or just someone looking for a good read with important lessons.
Ntg67855 More than 1 year ago
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is a book about the author’s experiences as the first African American head coach of an NFL football team and how he uses his Christian faith within his job. Dungy was applying for head coaching positions for different NFL teams, but he always came up short. He received his first head coaching position in Tampa Bay, however, as the head coach of the Buccaneers, which was one of the worst teams in the NFL. He did not just talk about coaching the team and choosing a coaching staff and occasionally incorporate how he related to his Christian faith; he incorporates his faith into almost every aspect of the narrative and includes analysis that is relevant and can be related to the reader’s life. He emphasizes all the hard times he had as a head coach, from losing game after game to being disrespected by the members on the team, and explains how he persevered through them using his faith. One of the most resounding statements that affected me was the actions of one of Dungy’s previous athletes. Dungy always had the team pray before they went on the field, and after he left Tampa Bay, one of the players stepped up and said that it would not be right to go onto the field without praying. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a religious belief or a love for football, because you will find inspiration and reflection that will inspire you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy, a Super Bowl champion as the head coach of Indianapolis Colts, turns out to be much more than just football. Instead, this book is a story about a man with an unconditional faith and his journey through life’s uncontrollable struggles and happiness that made him who he is today. A background in football is not necessary to be inspired by this book, but Quiet Strength is definitely compelling enough to make one become a football fan. Tony Dungy’s attitude, vision, and perseverance speaks out to all of us. From being a high school kid with a dream to a father with children, Tony Dungy approaches the audience as an ordinary man who wants his life story to change others. I am truly inspired by his will to take on every challenge in life step by step, whether it is a racial predicament or a death of a loved one, and turns each step to make himself better. Not only that, he spreads his will to those around him, influencing people in the highest professional level of sports and now the whole world. Most importantly, he shares his purpose in life as a coach, father, husband, friend, and ultimately as a man of God. I certainly recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who may be having a tough time in life, because it truly teaches us that we all have a purpose and good can be found even in the worst of times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet Strength is the first Christian book that I have read besides the Bible and is the best. This book is one that really shows what it’s like to be devoted to God while also demonstrating what it’s like to really sit back and let God take complete and total control. He also does a really good job at explaining his emotions and isn't afraid to tell you the truth and how it is. Throughout the book you learn about Tony and his family along with his team. Tony talks about his struggles and really makes a person inspired just simply his words. He makes a point in every chapter that has stuck with me to this day. His book changes a person for the better. Although the book does talk a lot of football lingo it doesn’t make it unreadable. Tony shows everyone that no matter what a person may be faced with, it is possible, no matter what the circumstances are and or how difficult they may be. I believe that this is a book that everyone should read; it will change your life in several ways. He shows that it is like to really affirm ones faith, how to live by it and how to put it into action. Tony Dungys book is one to remember and one that pulls on the heart. It’s a book of inspiration and truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 If you are looking for a book that stimulates both your sporty and the spiritual side, then I would recommend Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy. Dungy remembers all that has impacted him to become the man that he is today, from his humble beginnings as a child to his position as a head coach for the Indianapolis Colts. While he faced many challenges along the way, he still manages to stay positive and keep his faith and trust in God. The book isn’t about his successes or all the awards and games he’s won, the book is more about how to adapt to change and tackle adversity. Dungy tries to teach readers the lessons he’s learned in his lifetime through his experiences. His integrity and determination are inspiring, and most readers will look up to him for this reason. The words flow off the page as if you were in the same room as Dungy having a conversation with him. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in sports. The book is not about sports mainly, but it definitely revolves heavily around football. Overall this book is a great and inspiring read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend Tony Dungy’s “Quiet Strength” to any leader or athlete struggling to rely on God. I think a lot of people in leadership positions focus so much on the tasks they have to complete that they lose sight of what is truly important. Tony Dungy was a leader that relied entirely on God to help him make his decisions. He made no decision without taking time to pray about it. He kept his priorities in order. He knew what his goal was; winning the Super Bowl at some point in his career, but his family and faith were also his top priorities. Dungy also wanted his athletes to keep their priorities straight. Yes, practice and coming to games was extremely important, but if something was going on in a player’s family life, that came before football. Dungy is an amazing leader and religious role model. He, like anyone has had his struggles in life with losing a child, losing his parents and having a child who struggled with a disability, but he never lost sight of God and he never let his team down. I honestly only chose to read this book for my class because my household is filled with Indianapolis Colts fans. I never expected this book to make me feel as though I was reading my devotions. Dungy’s story is one of Faith and leadership; one that should be read by all leaders, religious or not, and athletes of all kind.
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ballaPC3gotheeeeeem More than 1 year ago
Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl with this book. This book tells the story of how his upbringing and NFL career as a player as well as a coach molded him into the man he is today. Dungy encountered a lot of struggles in his life as well as moments of elation. He explains how his relationship with Christ kept him humble during his times of success and helped him tackle his issues. This book is one that is to be enjoyed by anyone, not just sports fans. It gives life lessons of how to live life that follows Christ and fight through adversity. Although the book has a lot to do with football, it doesn’t go into games where one would need to understand the concepts of football. There is a lot that can be applied to one’s own life from this book. Dungy gives examples of how to get through difficult situations by relying on faith and those present in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Quiet Strength”, by Tony Dungy, is an exceptional book that shows the many life lessons that Tony Dungy has learned throughout his career as both a football player and a coach.  However, these life lessons go much further than just coaching; they are applicable to almost everyone’s daily lives.  Throughout the book, Tony stresses the importance of the fact that he is just like everyone else, which makes it very relatable.  This book also shows how Tony’s faith was tested and then grown throughout his career.  It was very encouraging in this way, because it showed how even through disappointment and hardship, God always has a plan that is bigger than anyone can imagine when he or she is right in the middle of the messiest parts of life.  Overall, this is a highly relatable book that expresses the value of faith throughout life and how a person’s faith can be intertwined with his or her faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, famous former NFL coach, Tony Dungy, writes about his life and the life lessons he learned along the way. This book was a #1 New York Times best seller and it is highly credited for Dungy’s fascinating story. It was written and published in 2007, not too long after he won Superbowl 41. Quiet Strength goes in depth in each chapter describing many issues he faced not only as a football coach but as a player and also as a father. At the beginning of each one chapters in Quiet Strength, Tony included some his favorite scriptures and quotes from other impactful people during his time. Throughout this book there are many different people that Tony Dungy meets, which can sort of make it difficult to keep up with everyone. While this may seem as just a book on football, it is absolutely not that. Quiet Strength can even be understood as a guide for people in difficult situation. Tony explains the highs and lows of his life, along with his greatest accomplishments and failures. Towards the center of the book, he leads the reader on a trail which is a little uninteresting and confusing at times. Personally I enjoy the realness of the book and how Tony Dungy was able to put his life in words for people to read and comprehend his life and the legacy he will leave behind.
LucasSmall More than 1 year ago
 When I first decided to read Quiet Strength I was not sure what to expect of it. I am not the biggest reading fan, so when I started to read the book I was not sure if I would like it or not. As I got a couple chapters into the book I began to realize how incredible Tony’s faith was and the importance of family. He talks about a lot of about his football career from when he was in grade school to winning a Super Bowl as an NFL head coach. Everything that he did was because of God and for God. It really just captured my attention and kept me reading more and more. Tony Dungy was and is never a person to take all of the credit for him. He gave the credit to his team, fellow coaches and most of all God. One really sees what kind of character man Tony is. After reading this book, I understand what it takes to really be a person of faith. Tony really inspired me in the work he did as well as the mentality he kept when he was going through rough times. I believe that this is the best book I have ever read. This book is suited for any person, but I feel the people who would understand it the most are ones who know a little about sports. I strongly recommend people to read this book, by doing so you will see what it takes to be a serious man of faith and passionate about what you do in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet Strength is a very personal story of how God has played the leading role in Tony Dungy’s life through his family situations and career obstacles. Not being an avid football fan, I was hesitant to pick up this book at first. To my surprise, I was hooked within the first minute of reading and finished it in just a few sittings. It was easy to catch on to Dungy’s writing style. Dungy is relatable in the sense that he is aware of his audience members throughout the book, giving them a taste of his emotions during his journey. Stories of life were integrated with aspects of leadership, faith, and trials, creating a variety of aspects relevant to a broad spectrum of readers. To keep his readers hooked, he creates suspense throughout his stories and ties them together through a common theme—God is on our side and he always has a plan. As well as inspiring me to trust God even more, this book has caused me to be open to more genres of reading material. Every second spent reading this book would be a second worth repeating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet Strength is the story of Tony Dungy’s faith, challenges, obstacles, and perseverance in being the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl. The reader is able to get a detailed glimpse into Dungy’s childhood, history, beliefs, and personal life.  This is a book that will challenge the reader’s own beliefs, reflect on themselves, and really feel what Dungy is feeling. In some parts of the book, Dungy writes almost as if it is a personal journal entry. Because of this, the reader is able to get a true sense of Dungy’s emotions and relate to what he is feeling.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy and interesting read. This book is a fast read that is hard to put down. This may appeal to anyone interested in athletics because Dungy talks a lot about his life as an athlete, and then as a coach.  Overall this book is a great book. It is easy to see that Dungy put his heart into writing this book. It is well written, relatable, personal, interesting, and causes the reader to self reflect. The reader will walk away from this book thinking about his or her own faith and most importantly, may have a desire to grow deeper into a relationship with God.