Tony Dungy on Building Relationships With Athletes


In this clip, Tony Dungy talks about the importance of building relationships with the players you are coaching. "I think that as a coach, you are more than just an athletic instructor," Dungy states. "You are there to help them grow as men and women, and that encompasses everything." Discover Dungy's top tips for helping athletes flourish on and off the field.

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About Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy is a Pro Football Hall of Famer for his greatness as a coach in the NFL. In over 20 years as a Head Coach, Dungy won one Super Bowl championship as the Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl. He won one championship as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dungy was also the 1997 and 2005 coach of the year and was named to the NFL's 2000s all decade team. Dungy would go on to win his first Super Bowl with the Colts, in 2007. After Dungy's coaching career he got into broadcasting and became a studio color analyst on NBC's Football Night in America. He is also the national spokesman for the fatherhood program, All Pro Dad.


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About Positive Coaching Alliance

PCA’s mission is to be a catalyst for a positive youth sports culture in all communities across the U.S. We envision a future where all youth can benefit from a positive, inclusive sports culture that develops social and emotional skills, molds character and prepares them for competition and for life. Learn more at positivecoach.org.

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