Former Colts coach Tony Dungy was inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor yesterday during their game against the Steelers.
Tony Dungy is a great coach. He is the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl when he did it with the coach back in February of 2007 against the Bears. He is also a hall of famer. Last night, he got another accolade to add to his list.
Dungy was inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor at halftime of their game last night. Dungy coached there from 1996-2001. He deserves the honor, but the move did strike me as a little bit odd considering how he left the Bucs.
He was fired in 2001, right before they won the Super Bowl with Jon Gruden at the helm. Even though he had the best winning percentage in franchise history, they still decided to let him go. Maybe they gave him the honor in recognition of his roster building prior to that Super Bowl win.
Either way, the Bucs’ loss was the Colts gain. He led the Colts to their only Super Bowl victory since they moved to Indianapolis. He was able to beat the Bears in a rain-soaked victory in Florida, winning 29-16. This was one of the many things that led him to be inducted into the Colts’ ring of honor back in 2010.
Dungy was a great coach but is an even better man. He helped the Colts become a better team and a closer team. Any accolade that he gets is well deserved.