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

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,946 Ratings  ·  637 Reviews
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 befo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Tryndale (first published January 1st 2007)
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Amy (Foxy)
May 11, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2014 Mikebado rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2012 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
Judy Cox
Dec 03, 2008 Judy Cox rated it liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2009 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mattie Warbelton
Jun 01, 2012 Mattie Warbelton rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 05, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2008 Cesar rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2016 Fryeday rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2016 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is a good read that has a perfect combination of both faith and football. He does a great job of walking the reader through his life and explaining the lessons he learned. Most people know Tony Dungy as an NFL coach for the Indianapolis Colts who lead the team, along with Peyton Manning, to the Super Bowl in 2007. What many people do not know about Dungy is all of the challenges and adversity he went through before he was able to accomplish that goal. Quiet Strength ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography

5.0 out of 5 stars Dungy's a winner, July 7, 2008
By Todd Stockslager (Raleigh, NC) - See all my reviews
As a Steeler fan who is old enough to remember Dungy as a part of the Steel Curtain defense (but not as large as I remembered!), as a Christian husband and father, and as a Patriots hater who cheers for any team against New England, I had three reasons to look forward to this book, and it was even better than I expected.

Dungy's writing, with assistance by a co-author, reads as mild
Jeff Ross
May 04, 2015 Jeff Ross rated it really liked it
Definitely a fan of this book. As a football player I am always cautious of reading Christian books written by athletes because I know that they can be overloaded with football, leaving little room for Christ. This book is an example of a perfect combination. Documenting the life of Dungy, it really has three stages. Tony growing up and his early football days, head coach at Tampa Bay and finally his Super Bowl winning team building at the Colts, but really him figuring out his life. If you do n ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Another one read over a period of time. My step-father gave me this one some 4 1/2 years ago when I left to go overseas to teach, and I have finally finished it.
Student papers and things get in the way, too.
Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker weave the football and Dungy's strong religious belief together very nicely. It takes a pro to be able to do that effectively.
The content flows better than a fine-tuned offense in its finest game. I got various things out of it, and did
C Baker
Oct 11, 2014 C Baker rated it liked it
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
Steve Maus
Oct 22, 2014 Steve Maus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do what we do

One part biography and one part leadership. This book was an easy read and well worth my time. It's a book I needed to read and definitely recommend. While I enjoy football, that wasn't the gold in this book and at times the game descriptions drug the book down. What I loved is how Mr Dungy's character is transformed by God. His patience and quiet spirit is so rare in men, especially when confronted with the pressures of athletics. As a leader, his vision and consistency demonstrate
Jason J
Jan 24, 2016 Jason J rated it really liked it
Great memior with examples of living life God's way. A few key themes and phrases in the book can be words to live by. Do the ordinary things very well; you don't need to be extraordinary to be great. Pick sounds principles and stick with them; only change the methods. Etc. I'm excited to read his book "Uncommon" which will probably have more of this. The only downside is the detailed account of each season, which is great it first, but get's a little tedious by the end of the book. He also did ...more
May 30, 2014 Ang rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Quiet Strength is inspirational and encouraging. I have always been a Coach Dungy fan, I loved watching him on the sidelines during the NFL games.. he always appeared calm and composed throughout the games ( especially the nail-biter games!) and his interviews with the media done with respect and uplifting no matter the circumstances. I always respected him for that.

A man of great faith and character, caring and instilling how we all should treat each other to make each other better and make a d
Dec 24, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
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!
Warren Benton
May 05, 2016 Warren Benton rated it liked it
Source: Public Library

Rating: 3.25

This book takes us through the quiet life of Tony Dungy. Dungy is a humble man and points out many people who helped him along the way to be successful in the NFL. This is a nice story of someone who tried hard, realized they didn't have all the answers and always looked for guidance. Dungy talks of his faith throughout the book, and how it wasn't until he was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers that he really started getting on board. He came from a religious h
Jill Jackson
Apr 29, 2008 Jill Jackson rated it did not like it
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 02, 2016 Dinah rated it liked it
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I was a little disappointed. The story was not disappointing, but maybe it was just the writing that I wasn't in love with. I knew Coach Dungy was an outspoken Christian. I knew he was a Superbowl winning NFL coach. What I didn't know was that he is an adoptive father and has faced incredible loss in his personal life. For those with specific Christian doctrinal beliefs, Coach Dungy talks a lot about decision theology, making a ...more
May 08, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
Not knowing more than I do about football made this book less enjoyable for me than it could have been otherwise. Also, I was left uneasy with some of his decisions regarding his family, almost as if he were attempting to justify poor decisions. But, I have never been in his shoes and certainly can't judge harshly. Irrespective of his choice in decisions I have never had to make, I still admire Tony Dungy for his principled stands, his personal integrity, and his faith.

I also admired his very l
Chad Simons
May 20, 2016 Chad Simons rated it liked it
Despite what Mr. Dungy himself says in the introduction...this is a football book. Of course it is! Why would it not be? That is what we know of his life right? He uses his experiences in football, and a little from life, to teach us that there is a God who looks out for us. He seems to be a very religious person and makes that clear in every page of this book. I didn't mind the football references, especially as a Bucs fan, but I was recommended reading this book as a leadership type book, and ...more
John Easton
Nov 28, 2015 John Easton rated it really liked it
Inspiring story about perserverence through faith and seeking a purpose for ones life.
Feb 14, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
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.
Don Weidinger
Dec 15, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
work as means to do more a journey about Him, Jackson MI republican the value in my life from parents is eternity, Steelers Noll do ordinary things better, loyalty and relationships, leadership lessons from Nehemiah, integrity character, play to strength no yelling, no excuses explanations, pray before after game, go with production over size, personal responsibility and team, worrying not my responsibility, 42 and prison ministry, Chick All Pro Dad, do what we do w/o panic, leukemia death, Jami ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2/16/10 I'll start this tomorrow. I've heard it is quite inspirational. 2/21 Tony doesn't talk about football much. He talks about life and how football is just one way to live a life that God has planned for each of us. Too many really, really successful people seem to forget to thank the One who is responsible for all we are able to do. Not Tony. I got tears a couple of times yesterday, while reading this. It is really great stuff! 2/27 Finished with tears in my eyes this morning. You gotta re ...more
Imran Razack
Oct 07, 2015 Imran Razack rated it really liked it
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength is a book about his life and journey to becoming a football and cultural icon. Tony Dungy has lived a remarkable life, filled or ups and downs. The book focuses on how Tony developed his identity. Tony is considered one of the great leaders of our time.

While Dungy recaps the highlights of his life, the reader gets to see what makes him special. Tony is a role model for many of those who are in the NFL. He has helped families and many peopl
Nick Honor
My experience with Quiet Strength was very inspiring. Coach Tony Dungy talks about different aspects of his life, football, family, and his own sports career. He explains how he became an NFL coach and eventually a super bowl winner.

Everyone's story is different in life but Coach Tony Dungy's is interesting, he comes from a pretty good background. Not to give the story away but he had to go through a struggle to experience greatness.

I believe this book is for anyone who wants to read about a
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