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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ISBN-13: 9781414318028
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 43,785
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)

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QUIET STRENGTH

A MEMOIR
By TONY DUNGY NATHAN WHITAKER

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2007 Tony Dungy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1801-1


Chapter One

TAMPA RAIN

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.

(Continues...)



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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!
SteveRambach on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I was on vacation and saw someone reading Quiet Strength. It looked interesting in spite of the fact that I could care less about football. It was. Tony Dingy is a top notch person and football is more than the hit-em, score em game. It was well worth the read.
GlennBell on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a biography of Tony Dungy with specific emphasis on his NFL coaching career. Tony is a religious man who was a mediocre football player, mediocre coach, and lost his son due to suicide. I did not find his story inspiring. He gives God the credit for some of the game victories. It reminds me of two sides in a war with each claiming that God is on their side. It is unclear why his son committed suicide, but Tony admits that he did not spend the quality time with his family that his father did with him. I find it interesting that the Buccaneers went to the super bowl after Tony was fired and a new coach took control of the team. He was fortunate to have a talented team in Indianapolis. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Colts going to the super bowl. Hmmm. I suspect Tony is a decent guy, but he doesn't seem particularly special or inspiring to me. I will take Lance Armstrong over this guy any day of the week.
dannywahlquist on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This was my favorite biography this year. Lots of fascinating sports trivia, but the examples of struggling through difficult times and learning to depend more fully on Jesus Christ were inspiring. Some of my favorites quotes:¿If you're going to be a good teacher, you can't just teach the A students. A good teacher is the one who helps everyone earn an A.¿ Tony¿s dad, Dr. Wilbur Dungy¿What¿s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.¿¿I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn¿t always mean equal.¿¿The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.¿¿Despite all the good things that occurred that year, I can still look back and say that 1978 was the first season in my life in which sports weren¿t the most important thing to me. I finally realized that how I lived on earth was just as important as my salvation. God had me here for a reason, and it wasn¿t just to play ball. It was then that the words of Matthew 16:26 really started to sink in: `And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?¿"¿most of the failings of biblical leaders were spiritual rather than tactical. I needed to be prepared as much spiritually as I was in the Xs and Os.¿¿Pain can be a highly effective instructor¿ ¿When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.¿ George Washington Carver¿He didn't call me to be successful in the world's eyes; He called me to be faithful.¿¿I coach football, But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.¿
lfamous on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Excellent book written in a conversational style. Dungy is a great role model and his book is a true inspiration.
navets on LibraryThing 24 days ago
What a great look inside the life of the Coach Dungy¿s coaching principles and God-honoring lifestyle!With the help of Nathan Whitaker - a personal friend of the Dungys, Coach Dungy has written an amazing account of his life up-through the Colts¿ Super Bowl win last year! Reading through much of the history of this great NFL coach and seeing how God has continued to be his focus throughout his adult life, it is encouraging to cheer on Coach Dungy and ¿my¿ Indianapolis Colts.The book is exciting for my football-loving mind, too, in that it reads occasionally like a play-by-play of some of the high-profile games I sat on the edge of my seat during. To read those same plays coming from the coach of the team I was cheering for brings a new angle and excitement.I recommend this book to any Colts fan AND/OR to anyone looking to read about a person who puts his faith in Christ first before his career - and how that faith interweaves throughout his dealings in life!Coach Dungy is a hero in my book - even before reading his book!
sunshine608 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Excellent book- Mr. Dungy is a great inspiration as a husband,friend,coach,christian,parent- you name it. Top Ten of 2007!
1ls04gro on LibraryThing 24 days ago
it was about how it felt to win the super bowl and he was talking about his child hood and thing like that.
kristicw on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Inspirational and very encouraging. Dungy is a great man of integrity and faith.The writing was distracting for me at times in its simplicity. The change between paragraph thoughts caused whip-lash at least a few times ever chapter.
Wiszard on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This amazing book was read in one sitting, albeit on a flight from LA to Detroit. I'll admit that being a sports nut and a Pittsburgh Steeler's fan / fanatic helped me a lot in enjoying the book. My wife who is not a sports fan put it down after one chapter. This book is a must read for any person that struggles with the balance of religion and sports. Tony Dungy is a tremendous example of how to life life to its fullest in the sports world.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!