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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, Peter Jay Fernandez, Nathan Whitaker
 

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ISBN-10: 1428198326

ISBN-13: 9781428198326

Pub. Date: 02/07/2008

Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC

When Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI-and made history as the first African American coach to win the big game-millions of people, amazed by the success of his quiet, authoritative leadership style, wondered: how does he get it done?

In the pages of this fascinating memoir, Tony Dungy reveals the secrets to his success-principles

Overview

When Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI-and made history as the first African American coach to win the big game-millions of people, amazed by the success of his quiet, authoritative leadership style, wondered: how does he get it done?

In the pages of this fascinating memoir, Tony Dungy reveals the secrets to his success-principles, practices, and priorities that have kept him on track despite overwhelming obstacles, including firings, stereotypings, and the tragic loss of a child. His thoughts on leading, succeeding, and attaining true significance will inspire you to take a long, hard look at the things that really matter in your own life.

About the Author:
Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African American coach. Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history

About the Author:
Nathan Whitaker is a Harvard Law School graduate whose firm represents NFL and college coaches and administrators. He lives in Florida with his wife, Amy, and their two daughters

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781428198326
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
02/07/2008

Table of Contents


Foreword   Denzel Washington     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Tampa Rain     1
Growing Up a Dungy     7
A Black Quarterback     21
Putting God First     37
Leading to Lauren     53
Learning to Lead     67
An Unlikely Opening     85
Building the Faculty     95
Do What We Do     105
Filling the Corners     127
Defining Success     139
Hurricanes and Tornadoes     151
Tampa 2 and Open Hearts     169
Walking the Plank     183
A Soft Landing     197
A Birthday Blessing     215
Death by Inches     231
An Unforgettable Season     241
Staying the Course     267
Race to the Super Bowl     281
Epilogue     299
Journey of a Lifetime     303

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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 2 days ago
The Inner Strength Do you know anyone that has good lessons in life? Someone I know of is named Tony Dungy. I read a book about him in my college writing class called Quiet Strength by Nathan Whitaker. It’s about his success in the NFL like being the first African American couch to win a super bowl and how he used his faith. He has a lot of good lessons that he talked about in the book like how the Lord always leads us if we need to follow in faith and our personal suffering teaches us to be more compassionate and to reach out to others. A lesson he talks about is that the Lord always leads us if we need to follow in faith. In the book, he talks about how the Lord influenced his life. An example for him is when he got fired from coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It can be extremely difficult to lose a job, but he still looked to see where God would take him. Tony will be a huge influenced for me because of his strong relationship with God. Another lesson he talks about is that personal suffering teaches us to be more compassionate and to reach out to others. In the book, he mentions that his son committed suicide. But what makes Tony Dungy a respected person is that he used that experience to go out and help others with a similar experienced. In hard situations like this, he still gives. Tony Dungy has many good qualities and lessons he can teach. I think people that like to read other people experience’s will like this book. Also sports fans will also. People that won’t have a huge interest in this book is people that don’t like true stories or how people change in tough situations.
Lemay42 3 days ago
Leadership at its Finest           Determined, dedicated, faith-filled, and humble are the words that describe Tony Dungy in his book, “Quiet Strength”. This is a must-read book for those with an interest in the sport of football, and the hardships that tend to come along with it. This novel would also be great for those who are interested in learning how problematic the road to success can be and how to handle vigorous or stressful situations. What really makes this work unique is Tony’s ability to tie in the difference Christ made in his life when nothing seemed to be going his way. There are a few different moments where Tony seems to hit rock bottom and has nowhere to go. However, he looks to Christ and finds the answers he is looking for.         This book tells the life story of Tony Dungy while he was a player in the NFL, along with his coaching career within the NFL. Throughout Tony’s life -- especially in football -- he encountered a mass amount of adversity, as well as moments of elation. I strongly believe that it was Tony’s ability to avoid dwelling on the past and focus on what was ahead of him that made him so successful. “Things will go wrong at times. You can't 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” p. (65). I believe society needs to evaluate themselves and see if they are complaining about the now, or if they are trying to make a better tomorrow. I strongly believe that by reading this book –regardless interest in sports—an individual can equip themselves with the essentials to be successful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning a variety of great life lessons. Including, how to push through adversity, how to be a person of integrity, how to be a great husband, wife, father, or son, and lastly what it takes to be successful.
Anonymous 4 days ago
NFL coach Tony Dungy is most well known for being the first African American head coach to lead a team to a Super bowl victory. His book Quiet Strength walks the reader through his life as an aspiring athlete and quiet leader. As he talks about his experiences as a young man, he always shows how the small important lessons he learned through sports affected his decisions later on in life. Tony would go on to play 4 years of quarterback for the University of Minnesota and eventually played in the NFL. He was unable to play Quarterback in the NFL despite him thinking he had the skills to do so. It was abnormal for an African American to be quarterback so he was forced to play defense. Tony’s experience at both offensive and defensive positions gave him a brief coaching job at the University of Minnesota and eventually got him a job in the NFL. Throughout his difficult trials, he always tries to be patient with others and apply the lessons he learned while he was younger. I would strongly recommend this book as I enjoyed it very much. The entire story revolves around football so I would not recommend it to readers that do not enjoy football.
Anonymous 4 days ago
NFL coach Tony Dungy is most well known for being the first African American head coach to lead a team to a Super bowl victory. His book Quiet Strength walks the reader through his life as an aspiring athlete and quiet leader. As he talks about his experiences as a young man, he always shows how the small important lessons he learned through sports affected his decisions later on in life. Tony would go on to play 4 years of quarterback for the University of Minnesota and eventually played in the NFL. He was unable to play Quarterback in the NFL despite him thinking he had the skills to do so. It was abnormal for an African American to be quarterback so he was forced to play defense. Tony’s experience at both offensive and defensive positions gave him a brief coaching job at the University of Minnesota and eventually got him a job in the NFL. Throughout his difficult trials, he always tries to be patient with others and apply the lessons he learned while he was younger. I would strongly recommend this book as I enjoyed it very much. The entire story revolves around football so I would not recommend it to readers that do not enjoy football.
c_nelson3 4 days ago
While I did play football for ten years, one surprisingly does not need much background knowledge of the sport to understand and relate to this book, even though it revolves around Tony Dungy’s football-filled life. Dungy does a very good job throughout the book making analogies and relations to everyday life, although some of his metaphors and comparisons might be better understood by those who have a knowledge and passion for the sport, which is a reason I ultimately gave this book four stars. If a reader’s main impressions of Dungy come from his time as a football analyst on television or as a coach of various NFL teams, they may tend to think him as a very conservative, humble, reserved, yet almost boring personality who seems to have gone through life without much of a struggle. For the opening few chapters of this book, this cliché view that much of the public seems to have of Dungy likely will not change. He tells the story of his illustrious high school career, followed by a good college career at the University of Minnesota before switching positions to play in the NFL for a brief career before becoming a very young coach. He then describes how his time as a player and a coach—with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most part—had a massive impact on his faith in Christ and how it shaped him to be the man he is today. From here he tells of how he relied on the rock that is Jesus, and did his best to never let his faith be moved by anything of the world, namely, football. Dungy tells stories of close losses on the way to the Super Bowl. Citing Matthew 16:26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?”, Dungy explains how he would rather play with integrity and lose than win at the cost of his morals and faith. Finally, Dungy covers the tragic death of one of his sons (by suicide) and explains how his faith helped him stay strong throughout the aftermath of the tragedy. All in all, it is not the most exciting book I have ever read, but that is not the point of it, and his lessons of strong faith, core values, and perseverance ring loudly through the pages of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.