Tony Dungy is used to making history.
He was one of the Big Ten’s first black quarterbacks at the University of Minnesota in the 1970s. He was a defensive reserve on the famed “Steel Curtain” defense of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. After his playing days were over, he started coaching, eventually becoming one of the first black coordinators — and the youngest — in NFL history in the 1980s. In 1996, he became only the fourth black head coach in modern NFL history.
The Super Bowl is America’s chief secular holiday, and our most-watched event in pop culture every year. In 2006, Mr. Dungy became the first black head coach to ever win a Super Bowl, which also makes him just the sixth person ever to win a Super Bowl as both a player and a head coach. Three of Mr. Dungy’s former assistants, all black, have also gone on to be head coaches who led their teams to Super Bowls as well.
Now retired from football and working part-time in broadcasting, Mr. Dungy is still making history. His memoir, “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life,” became the first NFL-related book to ever reach No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. He has since written two more best-sellers as well.