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Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come befoTony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family--and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed. Includes a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color photo insert....

Title : Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life
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Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life Reviews

  • Amy (Foxy)
    2019-01-04 06:17

    Prior to my switching of genres I was primarily a reader of non fiction books. I still throw them in here and there. A couple weeks ago during the Rose Bowl we had some friends over for the game. Our house bleeds GREEN & YELLOW and one of my favorite players is Marcus Mariota (this year's Heisman trophy winner). I was discussing how I really respect him on and off the field when my friend suggested I read Tony Dungy’s books. I knew who Mr. Dungy is because his son played football for Ducks. Whenever Mr. Dungy attended the games he was always put on the jumbotron. My friend told me if I liked Marcus’s attitude than I would like Mr. Dungy's too because they were similar. Since I read this one and Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance back to back I decide to do the same review for both of them. Even though they are different books with related topics they both are a Christian’s perspective on life and football. This book is more about Mr. Dungy's football career. Here is a video of Tony Dungy talking about Marcus Mariota:

  • Brad
    2019-01-20 12:27

    As a coach and a former Tampa Bay area resident, Quiet Strength has been on my ‘to read’ list for a while. It was well worth the read.I enjoyed learning more about Tony Dungy—both as a coach and as a man of God. Dungy is a man of integrity, character, persistence and faith. He lead his teams well, on and off the field. I was struck by his persistence and optimism as a coach, year after year.Dungy is a man of faith. He integrated his faith seamlessly with his coaching style and the example he set with his players. He modeled faith and integrity amidst the challenges of tough seasons, getting fired (in Tampa), and particularly in the tragic death of his son. I had forgotten about the tragedy that Dungy and his family endured in the suicide of their son James in 2005. His NFL accomplishments in the years to follow are all the more significant in the wake of that tragedy.As a coach myself, I greatly respect Dungy’s calm and controlled approach to coaching and the respect he garnered from his players despite his demeanor. His atypical style is such a breath of fresh air amidst a league where hotheaded coaches appear to be the norm. Dungy’s accomplishments are a testament to his unique approach. Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs when my family and I moved to the Tampa area in 2001. It was sad to see him fired from the Bucs the following season, and sadder still to see the Bucs win the Super Bowl without Tongy the following season. Thankfully, many credit Dungy for building the Bucs team into Super Bowl champions.I “read” the audio format of this book and enjoyed listening to Dungy himself do the reading. This book is a quick “read” (especially on 2x playback speed on my iPod).I highly recommend Quiet Strength—whether you’re a coach, football fan, athlete or sports buff, or just like a good listen.

  • Mikebado
    2019-01-08 13:12

    When viewing him on CBS’s “NFL Today,” the first impression one may have of ex-Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is one of a stiff, mannered, slightly humorless albeit kind man. This is the same impression one will likely have while reading the lion’s share of his memoir. However, on the Colts’ run to the Super Bowl, Dungy experiences a shocking loss to his family, and it is here that the reader begins to feel an unexpected closeness to the coach. In the final quarter of the book, all of Dungy’s mantras bear fruit, and his life becomes a testimony to the solidity of his beliefs. It is in this final section that this memoir becomes a moving work and one that leaves the reader feeling rewarded. One of Dungy’s repeated mottos to his teams was not to deviate from who they were or the plan they had and just to “do what we do,” letting the results follow. This is Mr. Dungy’s approach to the writing of this book, and, in the end, it turns out he was right.

  • Judy Cox
    2018-12-23 12:15

    This book is all about football and faith. I don't know a thing about football and my faith is questionable so I would not have chosen this book to read. However, it was selected by my book club so I had to give it a shot.I wanted to give the book 2 stars because the first 100 pages were very boring, but overall, the book has some valuable lessons about faith, family and building a team, so I'm giving it 3 stars.If you love football, you might find it interesting.

  • Jason M Waltz
    2019-01-12 08:08

    This is a spectacular book. On fatherhood, leadership, personal growth, fathering, perseverance, friendship, love, and faith. On hard work, ethics, honesty, understanding, encouragement, and belief. I have read many biographies, and Tony Dungy is the most humble person I have ever read about. I have so much respect for him from this read and the wee little bit I saw of him as a coach on the sidelines and the even less I've seen of him as an analyst (I don't have/watch channels he's been on.) I would be honored to meet him, thrilled to sit down and listen to him.Coach Dungy takes claim for nothing, other than his mistakes and misperceptions. He attributes every thing he's learned, every good he's done, every positive decision, impact, or influence he's had to his father, his mother, his wife, his children, his peers, his coaches, his teachers, and ultimately and repeatedly to God. Outstanding example of a firm foundation grounded in his faith and his father's truisms. He shares much of himself throughout the book, a brave and candid thing. He is transparent in his frustrations and failures, grateful and sharing in his blessings and benefits. This is a good biography told by a good man about many good traits and truths that should be much more prevalent then they currently are. Prevalent, expected, demanded - of ourselves and each other. All of society would be much improved. Thanks for being who you are Coach, and for sharing your heart.

  • Luke Koran
    2019-01-11 06:29

    Faith, Family, and Football. If there was ever any one person who you would want saying there were more important things than football - even if they told you that in the middle of the darn Super Bowl - it would have to be Coach Tony Dungy. Throughout every single page of his entire autobiography, the reader senses and admires how faithful Tony has been to His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, throughout his entire life, in both his personal and professional lives. The fact that he continued his devout practices as a head coach in the ruthless and hard-hitting National Football League and saw his faith-based philosophies bring years of success to two championship-winning franchises is a true testament to this man and the power in trusting God’s will. I was thoroughly surprised while reading this autobiography, as I came into it fully expecting to hear a lot of Tony’s faith while only hearing a small portion of his sporting career. It turns out that he balanced his life’s story pretty well, with plenty of commentary centered around every year of his football life, from player to coach, franchise to franchise, and, unfortunately, the consistent revolving door of heartbreaking defeats. I should’ve expected this, especially having read numerous sporting biographies over the past couple years; even for the most devout athlete, in order to communicate their journey of faith with the general public they must first take the reader through their life’s story, which cannot be fully told without detailing their claim to fame and athletic career. Tony’s autobiography, though chock-full of numerous themes and references of faith, is also a solid commentary on his professional football career. (So rejoice, sporting fans, who were weary of reading a book they thought would just be about religion!) Tony’s football journey transcends several eras, from both times of prejudice and fewer opportunities for blacks to times where every man is given a fair chance to play and coach on a professional football team, regardless of race. Occasionally, the details are lacking - even on some of the Buccaneer's or Colt’s biggest games - but otherwise, Tony does a good job in highlighting each year he spent in the NFL and what he feels is the biggest takeaway from each.As Tony’s first venture into fully documenting his faith-filled football journey - one season following his historic Super Bowl victory as the first African American coach to win it all, “Quiet Strength” fully delivers on exploring who Coach Tony Dungy is and how his God-inspired philosophies brought numerous successes both on-and-off the field for his respective teams - both their coaches and players and their families, as well as the loyal fanbases. We should all aspire to be like Tony.

  • Matt McCullough
    2018-12-22 12:05

    Great listen via audiobook. The book made me respect him even more, considering all he's been through and what he stands for.

  • Marc
    2019-01-08 10:24

    Spoiler: Dungy finally wins a Superbowl as a coach with the Indianapolis Colts.I had heard good things about this book especially from the perspective of being a Christian. Because I have a certain disdain for the Indianapolis Colts that I can't quite explain, I was reluctant to pick it up and give it a try. I didn't want to read a book by the guy who had beaten the Patriots in an emotionally fought AFC Championship game.I finally picked it up at Walmart when I was looking for something to read at dinner on a "night off". Once I got into it, I was hooked and continued happily even knowing I would have to read about the aforementioned AFC Championship game.Dungy seems to be an outstanding guy in every sense of the word and in every aspect of his life. The one area that may not strike me as being outstanding was his being a parent, and that one he might actually agree with me. That isn't to say that he didn't do his best with the job that he choose to make his family life work out as best as possible.His Christian witness is inspiring and wide reaching. I wish he had gone into more detail about his faith, but I plan on reading his next book, Uncommon, and perhaps he will dive into that topic a bit more.I had not known that Dungy lost a son to suicide. That came as a shock to me and it almost made me feel guilty for despising his team. His treatment of his son's suicide may seem brief and almost superficial, but the fact that he talks about it at all is amazing considering that he didn't want to write about his family much at all (as stated in the introduction to the book). He has been able to touch a lot of lives because of that tragedy and all for the better.I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It is an easy read (a slow reader like me finished it in about a week's worth of reading) and won't dazzle you with style, but I think it is worth the time to find out how one man lived his life in the NFL.

  • Jamie
    2018-12-25 10:13

    Y’all he’s friends with Denzel Washington. What more do I need to say? The fact that Denzel (and his wife) wrote the forward to Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life meant it was going to be awesome (and it was). But I mean seriously, they’re friends??? Two of my favorite celebrities…how do I get into that friendship circle??Anyway.This book’s definitely one I’m going to buy (along with all his other books). Dungy’s life is encouraging and inspiring on every level. He’s honest about his mistakes, his hard times, his joys and what it all comes down to – living a life for Christ. And when did I start getting teary-eyed? In the forward, page x.Awesome.His story is also such a great reminder of the power and influence we can have in people, like our youth today. I laughed a lot too, especially the way he told the story of how him and his wife, Lauren, met and dated. They truly are an amazing couple. Just when I thought they couldn’t impress me more, I turn to page 180 and learn about their adoptions. If this doesn’t provide further proof that we are meant to be friends (I have always had a heart for adoption), then I don’t know what does.And if that wasn’t enough to make me cry, talking about his son Jamie (who took his own life a few years ago) was heartbreaking, yet profound. I cannot fathom their grief, but their response and unwavering faith through the circumstance impacted me greatly (and I know so many others).Dungy’s life reminds me while the journey of life is full of twists, turns, valleys, hilltops and often not quite what we thought it would be, when we trust and follow the Lord, we’re exactly where we need to be.Have I mentioned I want to be his friend?

  • Randy
    2019-01-08 12:11

    First of all I would like to say this is a great book and recommend that everyone reads this book! This book is an over view of the life of legendary NFL head Coach Tony Dungy, from the first time he started coaching. This book keeps the reader hooked with unexspected twists, insperation, and the strength of one man and the impact he had not only on football but also in the lives of everyone he met. The theme of Quiet Strength is that no matter what happans in life you can always work your way through the problem and become a better person. Tony reveals this to the reader throughout the book. He has gone through about as much as anyone can but over and over he proves that with the stregth of God all things are possible.The character devolopment is very evident in this book. The further you read the more you can see how he grows stronger and is able to resist temptation and go against the grain. While everyone tells him he should do it this way he listens to God and through that he becomes a stronger person.This book, Quiet Strength, has been a personal favorite. I have never before read a book that has given me more incouragement and has shown me more life lessons then this book has. I recommend that everyone reads this book because you will never regret doing it.

  • Brent Soderstrum
    2018-12-23 12:08

    My men's Bible study group is doing the companion Bible study to this book so I thought I should read it. Glad I did. I am a football fan and knew about Coach Dungy's success with Tampa and Indianapolis. I also knew he was a Christian and the tragedy his family experienced with the suicide of his son Jamie. Despite all that pre-knowledge I learned so much about the man and his faith from reading this book. This is basically Tony Dungy's life story. The highs and the lows. Each time he didn't get the job he wanted he had faith in God such that God had something better planned for him. He also continually demonstrates how God can take something bad that happens in our lives and bring glory to God through it. This is demonstrated most notably by the death of his son Jamie. I cannot even imagine going through something like that. As he says in the book, he had to now walk the walk he had been talking about prior. Dungy shows grace and gratitude towards the Bucs when they fired him. Very difficult to do. But would ranting and being angry make things better or improve things? No. Something I need to learn in dealing with setbacks.

  • Cesar
    2019-01-17 09:16

    The Super Bowl is every football coach’s dream but it shouldn’t be their top priority. Tony Dungy is a coach that depicts football as his job but not his life. The most meaningful message he refers to was Matthew 16:26, in which Jesus asks, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?” There is no meaning to life if you lose sight of what is really important: our family, values, principles, and the God who loves us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an example of what a winning life truly represents. If you are not really into football be prepared to endure some heavy football reading; it is worth it when you are done with the book.

  • Aaron Cochrill
    2019-01-03 10:06

    As a coach and business manager, I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it validated and help me keep my perspective on a lot of items as a leader. I appreciated Tony's approach of not being in your face with biblical "Fire and Brimstone". I felt he conveyed his message and approach to all audiences, whether Christianity is a part of your life, or not, or becoming a part of it. Tony is able to relate how he came to set his protocols, stick to his game plan and execute to a high level of success in an unconventional way in this results driven world.

  • Chris
    2018-12-20 13:30

    This was a very uplifting book! I have a most high respect for Mr. Dungy. He is not afraid to stand up for his morals and values. He is a great teacher. If you love football you will love this book, if you like football you will love this book, if you love inspiring books you will love this book. I don't see anybody reading this book and not thinking about later on! It is very much worth the time to read!

  • Jill Jackson
    2019-01-17 06:08

    Coach Dungy never lets down his reserve, and I never felt that I was sharing in this man's riches. Simply to say one believes in God, without ever describing a truly soul-changing experience, is to type, not write. There was a lot of typing in this book. Very little writing. A waste of time.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-04 08:22

    Always having been a football fan, I very much enjoyed this glimpse into the life of a terrific person, a notable Christian, and an expert in his field. Great inspiration and a peek behind the scenes of the NFL, as faced by a Christian.

  • John Easton
    2019-01-13 11:28

    Inspiring story about perserverence through faith and seeking a purpose for ones life.

  • David Lewis
    2019-01-03 07:19

    Great book about a black American footballer/coach/leader. Uses lessons he has learned from god in order to lead teams and be proactive to life's setbacks on his terms. Here are some lessons / quotes: Tony Dungy Pride and emotion can get in the way.Drink smoke and take drugs - can get away with it for a while.Learn from every experience.Not going to win by scheming but by doing the ordinary things better than everybody else every single day.Your work is not your identity. You are not what happens.See setbacks as opportunities.Get the work done so you can enjoy the other parts of your life. Loyalty in relationships are of most importance. God has already picked your job you must prepare and do your best.Hire men of character faith and good teachers, create opportunities and get them to commit long term. Doesn't matter how you win play to your strengths - attention to details. Commit to basics.Whatever it takes No excuses no explanations Respond don't react.Named out all potential excuses you could blame. Execute all the time. Values are the same win or lose.Do what you do whatever it takes.You can change do more.I don't care about the raiders.We need to focus on us. On changing our attitudes And accountability. Quicker you figure out its as important to be accountable off the field as in. Symptoms of a bigger disease.Production over looks Life drags on when your losing but marches on when your winning. Always moving on to what is next.Stay even keel in good times. Act like expected it to happen. It's business and what you're meant to do. Look at difference of attendance is important.When you lose the nay Sayers become more vocal.How would your business do if you spent the amount of time on it as you do your wife and family?Winning in business v church. The difference in significance.If it's important to you you'll get it done. Anyone you meet is a potential friend to join your ranks. Easier to be gracious when winning. Character built and true character shown in hardest times.Judge by actions not by words. One says no but change mind and vice versa. Do what we do without panicking and we can produce great things. Hold firm in your beliefs at all times. If a student studies hard during the week the test will be easy. Same with practice and life.Death by inches.Keep doing what we are doing. Biggest mistake is not to last the course.Football is a temp job. Do everything to win bar ruining rest of life. Hang on to memories but live in the moment. Being stubborn is a virtue when you're right but a flaw when wrong.

  • Rob
    2019-01-08 05:17

    Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker is the best sports memoir I have ever read, most likely because it doesn't just center on sports but family, faith, and race in powerful fashion. Dungy plunges into his past as he struggles with anger until the lessons of his father take root, molding him into a thoughtful eventual coach. But for Dungy, though he wanted to win and succeed, his focus wasn't solely on that, but living a Christian life centered on God. Not just about the destination--the Super Bowl--but the journey as well. Dungy allows us into his thought process and purpose driven life to make an impact with people both on and off the field of competition. He is out to change lives in a positive manner. However, the book isn't about rose-colored-naive thinking, for Dungy suffers losses along the way, including dismissals as a player and coach, along with his greatest loss--that of his son committing suicide. Though Dungy refuses to lose his faith in God from such personal tragedy, and he realizes pain is a part of life, a great teacher too. So Dungy leans on God to get him through the traumatic times in his life. He does win a Super Bowl--the first African American coach to accomplish that. He does it without screaming at his players--thus the title: Quiet Strength. He notes instances of racism along the way to his ultimate crowning as a coach. He gives back throughout his odyssey in sports to worthy causes while emphasizing his Christianity. Before reading this book, I knew little of Tony Dungy, and I now view him as the greatest of role models.

  • Christiana
    2019-01-10 06:22

    The viewpoint of Tony Dungy through both the highs and lows of his personal and professional career was really refreshing. He was honest with his struggles and how he saw God at work in his life through those times, and he praised God for the rich blessings that rained down in the good times.Quiet Strength is about so much more than football. It's about learning to follow God and to consistently be the person he created to you to be no matter where life takes you or the pressures it places upon you. I particularly enjoyed the chapters which focused on the ways Tony stuck to his standards even when the media and other football franchises believed that things would need to be changed up to allow the Colts to be successful. Really, as Tony points out, success is about doing the small things better more consistently than anyone else. I highly recommend this book to sports fans and/or individuals who are looking for an inspirational faith story.

  • Marcie
    2018-12-24 11:14

    I had always admired Tony Dungy, the coach, and the way he avoided media sensationalism, however, I never knew much about Tony Dungy, the man. Quiet Strength opened my eyes to what a man of faith, character, and perseverance he is. The book itself is not about his football career, but the story of his life as a result of his Christian beliefs, with the lessons he learned at a young age from his parents and continued to develop with his wife and family, co-workers, and community is a testament to his faith in an industry where drama is at the forefront of bylines and the positive news stories often are often not shared. He shares his commitment to being positive, supporting others and reliance on God for all things both during hardship and good times. I have written so many notes and phrases from the book to try to reflect upon in my own life and to try to remember during all periods of my life. This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone and it is a perfect book to help start those conversations about God, faith and His plan for all of us. I will be definitely be seeking out more books by Mr. Dungy and his wife Lauren to help guide me towards a closer relationship with God.

  • MrsMJ
    2018-12-23 05:09

    My husband bought this book, and after reading the inside cover, I ended up being the one to read it! Loved it! It has a lot of football info AND inspiration. It’s a football book, but the focus of the book is actually not on football, rather, the focus is on how God worked in and through Mr. Dungy’s life using football. I aspire to be like Mr. Dungy’s mom and sister, and to have Quiet Strength like Mr. Dungy.This is my favorite quote:"God's definition of success is really one of significance—the significant difference our lives can make in the lives of others. This significance doesn’t show up in win-loss records, long resumes, or the trophies gathering dust on our mantels. It’s found in the hearts and lives of those we’ve come across who are in some way better because of the way we lived.” –Tony Dungy, Quiet Strength

  • Chris Beck
    2019-01-15 09:33

    Although I do not share Tony Dungy’s religious beliefs I did find the message to be very valuable. Whether it’s a religion or simply strong moral values that inspire you to do the right things being a strong leader has to be rooted in humility... Throughout his fame and success as well as the crisis in his life he remained true to his value and dedicated his life to serving something greater than himself, something all leaders should strive to do.

  • Zach Koenig
    2018-12-21 05:09

    Whether it be at the high school, college, or professional levels of football, the common image of a football head coach is a big, tough, ruffian of a man who lives and dies by his team each week and forsakes such things as God and family in order to focus all his energies on his team's performance. Tony Dungy, current Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, is a living example to the contrary, proving that football coaches can be humble, sincere, and gracious and still put together a successful football team.While this book does give pretty much a season-by-season account of Dungy's career in college and the NFL (great for the history buffs), the content also focuses on how Dungy stayed true to his Godly principles in the rough-and-tumble environment of the NFL. In a culture that prides itself in violence and radical devotion to a single cause, Dungy preaches a different sort of NFL culture, one in which each player and coach can be a respectable individual (not a ruffian) and uphold the principles of the Lord. In essence, Dungy's message is that "even football players" can be witnesses to the Lord's almighty power.After reading this book, I have the utmost respect for Dungy and the way he runs his teams. He works himself and his players hard, but at the same time professes a family-first environment, where when the day's work is done the other aspects of family life can be enjoyed (unlike, say, John Gruden, who often sleeps in his office for prolonged periods in preparation for the next week's game). Dungy figures that if he treats his players like human beings and not immature children, they will return the favor and work hard for him.While reading this book, I was reminded of an example of Dungy's philosophy in my own hometown. Our high school football team used to have a coach who would eat, sleep, and breathe football. He was a former NFL castoff who, while respected for his toughness by his players, was not a pleasing man to be around, as his arrogance was stifling. His teams were always decent, but lacked that extra something that makes a team a champion. When he was replaced a few years ago, a new coach was brought in who (much like Tony Dungy, just at a high school level) preached accountability, respect, and good academics. Within a single season, this new coach turned the entire program around and is now playing for the Conference Championship with an undefeated record. More important than the wins, however, is the fact that this new team is one that the community can better rally around due to the integrity of its players and coaches.To conclude, I highly recommend this book to football fans of all ages and philosophies, as it gives a stirring example of how a football team can succeed using Godly principles.

  • Philip Parker
    2019-01-13 10:10

    I was very inspired by his story and how he stayed the course in spite of many obstacles he faced along the way. I appreciated how he put God first in all of his decision making. His willingness to say life is not all about Football was also nice to learn. I would recommend this book.

  • Jill
    2018-12-26 09:25

    Tony Dungy’s philosophy on life and coaching was powerful. While he did some “preaching” in the middle of the book, for the most part it was lessons he learned from childhood, successes and failures.

  • Tricia
    2019-01-02 11:30

    I always knew Tony Dungy was a man of integrity-reading this book makes me like him even more. I love that he walks the talk and gives glory to God in everything. Great book and godly man!

  • Doug King
    2019-01-17 11:30

    A quick read. I enjoyed this perspective of the Christian life which affirms that whatever vocation we find ourselves, we can express our faith and become a role model for others.

  • Mark A.
    2018-12-24 13:26

    life to consider

  • Rita Marie
    2019-01-07 07:17

    So much sound advice and wisdom.