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

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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 ...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 ...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
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
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
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 ...more
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!
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 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.
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.
Brent Soderstrum
Nov 23, 2016 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
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
Garrett Wright
Nov 06, 2016 Garrett Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good read. However, as a Christian sports fan who works in athletics, I'm almost certainly the exact target demo for Quiet Strength. Dungy is very direct in his faith and how that influences his decisions as a father, as a coach, and as a leader. I thought that his story of leadership was a refreshing one to hear in a world of people who think volume and fear are the best ways to motivate.

With that said, if you aren't a Christian or if you're not a sports
Nov 05, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A friend passed this book along to me, saying it was very good. I don't think it's a book I would have picked up otherwise. I enjoy football and memoirs, but I'm not a Colts fan and didn't have much of a connection to Tony Dungy. What I appreciated about this book was the simple way that Dungy told his story. He wasn't trying to make things more significant than they actually were. He allowed his life story to speak for itself. He obviously doesn't see himself as more important than anyone else ...more
BA Sallah
Nov 16, 2016 BA Sallah rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was really sad and amazing
Sally Loftis
Nov 30, 2012 Sally Loftis rated it really liked it
"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
Cody Meeks
Jun 17, 2009 Cody Meeks rated it it was amazing
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Tyler Johnson
May 10, 2013 Tyler Johnson rated it really liked it
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
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 ...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
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
Oct 26, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amirata Behzadnia
Sep 16, 2016 Amirata Behzadnia rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing because of how it shows the first african american that let his team to super bowl champions and how it shows the struggles and the hard work of how he played in the nfl and how much hard work he had. All the struggles, leadership, courage, hard work, principles, practices, and priorities that have kept him on track despite overwhelming personal and professional obstacles, including firings , stereotyping, and the tragic loss of a child.
Aug 05, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
Quiet Strength is an excellent book filled with little pieces of wisdom. I would recommend it to sports fans and non-sports fans alike. In my own case, I grew up playing many sports, including football, and I still enjoy watching pro and college sports from time-to-time; however, I'm not a die-hard sports fan, so some descriptions of Tony Dungy's football seasons did get a little long. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed read this book, and more importantly, I feel like I learned many things from it.

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
Apr 11, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
In 2007, Tony Dungy became a household name after he became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl. In a league of angry, hotheaded coaches, Dungy's quiet demeanor stood out almost as much as his skin color. Though he had often been accused of being too soft, in winning the Super Bowl he showed that his calmer approach could get the job done. In this memoir, Dungy shares the story of his rise to the top, including the Christian faith that defines his life, the winning ...more
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