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

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2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
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, a
Paperback, 317 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Amy (Foxy)
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. ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2014 Mikebado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-football
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 ...more
Judy Cox
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.
Matt McCullough
May 06, 2017 Matt McCullough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great listen via audiobook. The book made me respect him even more, considering all he's been through and what he stands for.
Mar 27, 2009 Marc rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Dec 05, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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??


This book’s definitely one I’m going to buy (along with all his other books). Dungy’s life is encouraging and inspi
Mattie Warbelton
Even though this this book was focused around the sport of football, I felt that it was easy to understand for me- a person who knew virtually nothing about football. There is a lot of talk about football plays and football procedures, but they all relate to a bigger story. A faith story.

Throughout the book Tony highlights some of his most disappointing losses, however he doesn't sulk in them. He views these challenges as opportunities to grow as both a person, a father, a coach, and strong Chr
Feb 27, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Brent Soderstrum
Nov 20, 2016 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2008 Cesar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 lookin ...more
Aaron Cochrill
Jan 05, 2017 Aaron Cochrill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-own
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Apr 29, 2008 Jill Jackson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Fort Lupton Library Reading Group
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.

Feb 14, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2015 John Easton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring story about perserverence through faith and seeking a purpose for ones life.
David Lewis
May 11, 2017 David Lewis rated it really liked it
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 happen
Zach Koenig
Feb 28, 2017 Zach Koenig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 f ...more
Sally Loftis
Nov 30, 2012 Sally Loftis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My purpose in life is simply to glorify God. We have to be careful that we don't let the pursuit of our life's goals, no matter how important they seem, cause us to lose sight of our purpose."
Tony Dungy

Football season is over, and coaching changes are happening every week in the league. A significant change came when Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, retired from the NFL. A life in football has a certain celebrity element to it - fame, fortune, access to anything you want. We se
Jonathan Walrath
Absolutely sensational. An incredible story of powerful humility and faith in the toughest of circumstances. Cannot recommend this book enough.
Nasir Jones
Feb 15, 2017 Nasir Jones rated it it was amazing
"Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy and William Reed is a nonfiction novel about the historic first African American head coach to win a NFL super bowl. The Super Bowl is every football coach’s dream . Tony Dungy is a coach that loves 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 fam ...more
Grant Mink
Feb 14, 2017 Grant Mink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grant Mink B4
Quiet Strength
The book Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy did an amazing job of showing how to battle through hardships. I believe that the author’s purpose in writing this story was to inform. He wants to show that there are many different ways to “win”. The story talks about how you don’t have to be an athlete or make a large amount of money just to be successful. He is very encouraging about how winning comes in many different forms and most of them aren’t even recognized on a
Cody Meeks
Jun 17, 2009 Cody Meeks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tyler Johnson
May 10, 2013 Tyler Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Dungy did a very good job in emphasizing his faith in Quiet Strength. People may look at this book thinking that it is a football book, and that Tony’s in-depth knowledge of the game will be evident in this book and help them become a better player. The truth is, however, that this book is written as a testimony of his faith to the world, as Coach Dungy clearly states in his Introduction to the book. Anyone who reads this will walk away with a better understanding of football, but an even ...more
Andrew  Schmitt
Mar 27, 2013 Andrew Schmitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiet Strength is about the life of Tony Dungy and his career as a head coach of the Super Bowl winning Colts. Tony Dungy was born in Jackson, Michigan on October 6, 1955 by Wilbur Dungy and Cleomae Dungy. As a kid his role model was his father Wilbur and his father taught him the about how to be a good father by having commitment and compassion. Tony is a family man and he will always put his family first. His first head coaching job came with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. This is where the sto ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Fryeday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This book was like going to church, which was a cool surprise. I did the audiobook version because I never want to miss an opportunity to hear the author read his/her work. I must say Dungy read with barely any inflection, which I found pretty funny at times.

Dungy is a straight arrow, some might say "vanilla." He describes himself as shy, which is illustrated in the book. He also seems very humble, which was nice to note. I liked hearing his life through the lens of how his faith was be
C Baker
Oct 11, 2014 C Baker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football, sports
Tony Dungy is a rather unique and inspiring person. Tony Dungy has been in the National Football League as a coach for many years. As a head coach he lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the brink of a championship before being let go. He finally got over the hump by winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears behind Peyton Manning and the feisty play of strong safety Bob Sanders.

This memoir is about how Coach Dungy applies his Christian faith to not only his coaching in professional football, but
Sep 29, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiet Strength
By Tony Dungy
A Book Report

Warning: This is written by a football coach. If you don’t like football, with a lot of big football names and a bunch of details, then you won’t like this book. Ok, you are still reading. Thank you. As I said before this book is a lot about football so here it goes with my review.

I liked it, I really liked it. This novel was a touchdown in my book. It was filled with interesting characters (all real) it was full of big names I’ve known to love and admi
Sam Mccollum
Jun 01, 2012 Sam Mccollum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author’s (Tony Dungy) style of writing was tremendous because it came from his point of view and that also came from his heart. His dialogue was tremendous as well; he would tell things from his heart that you could relate to and understand exactly what he was talking about. There was nothing in the book that I didn’t get except for some football terms with me being a girl and not playing the sport, it got a little confusing at times. His descriptiveness was phenomenal, he wrote out things w ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing
This book is about tony dungy's succes in Life and in the NFL (national football league). It is extraordinary because he was the first African- American to win a super bowl. His coaching success was drawn from his own personal approach to life. Instead of using profabity and screaming at his players, he was calm and communicated what they should be doing. He also didn't make the game bigger than life. He put things into prospective for his team and allowed for other priorities to fulfilled. His ...more
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Tony Dungy is a former professional football player and retired coach for the Indianapolis Colts. During his seven years leading the Colts, he became the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. He was also one of the most respected and popular NFL coaches in the league. Colleagues and friends consider him to be a family man of great faith and Christian character.
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