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

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  6,232 ratings  ·  603 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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Todd Stockslager

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 1 of 5 stars
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.

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
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
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
A biography shouldn't be critiqued on is someone's life, after all. But I have no complaints about that part of the book anyway.

What I enjoyed was the easy to follow timeline of events and the fact that Mr. Dungy told the story of how he relied on his faith even when it was difficult to lead him to his paths in life. Roadblocks, detours and all.

I also appreciated the fact that Mr. Dungy included so much about his family in his story. It is obvious that he has deep family ties, but h
Anne Calvert
If you enjoy a book about leadership, this book is for you. If you enjoy a book on football, this book is for you. If you enjoy a book about faith in God, this book is for you. If you especially like a book about a football leader who has faith in God, then this book is a must read. In actuality this book has something exciting for so many. Coach Dungy was the first black coach to win the Super Bowl, but did you know that had the Bears won the Super Bowl we would have still had that same claim? ...more
For those of you who don't know, Tony Dungy was the coach of the Indianapolis Colts and led the team to the Super Bowl in 2007. He was also the catylist for the turnaround in Tampa Bay, taking the Bucs from the league laughing stock to serious contender. Quiet Strength really showcases the person Tony Dungy is both on and off the field. If you want to read a good, compelling story that doesn't have any of the negative vibes of scandal or controversy - this is your book.

He was never the best foot
I wasn't sure how I'd like this book. It's a book I'll be teaching next year and it has a lot of football in it, obviously. I'm not a fan of football but I did enjoy this book. Tony Dungy often says that football isn't life and although this book obviously has a lot of football in it, I still feel it's true for him. He is a great role model for kids, especially boys, who often see football players doing things that make big headlines and aren't great for role models. I love how he encouraged his ...more
After reading this book, I have learned that Tony Dungy is an extra ordinary man. Tony Dungy was very motivated and determined and that was why he made a great coach. The portion of this book that captivated my attention the most was the way Tony Dungy taught the game of football. Tony Dungy wrote this book to share his thought of coaching and his perspective on life. The emotion in the book was mostly happy for all the success of the coach Tony Dungy. There were sad parts in the book, when Tony ...more
Cody Meeks
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Tony Dungy takes you through his life starting as a football player and his move onto football coaching eventually leading to his team - the Indianapolis Colts' victory in the Superbowl held in 2007. Throughout the book he emphasizes about the morals and principles instilled in him by his parents and also about his christian calling and how they helped in shaping the person that he was/is today.

Overall - a very inspiring and feel-good book. And you don't have to know football to rea
Brenten Gilbert
Tony Dungy is someone that i admire… if you know me well, you’ll know that the way someone handles leadership plays a big role in shaping my opinoin of that person… after years of watching NFL games, there are a number of coaches that i either admire or can’t stand to see succeed… Tony Dungy has always been in the former group… it was thrilling to watch the Colts win the Superbowl a few years ago and moreso to witness the respectful and appropriate ways in which both coaches involved handled the ...more
Quiet Strength combines two of my favorite subjects -- faith and football! My five-star review is not so much a reflection of the writing style, but a reflection of the message that Tony Dungy professed to his teams and more importantly put into practice.

The book is somewhat autobiographical in that gives some background on Tony's upbringing, his family, and his early years in the NFL. I learned some new things about the man as a player and a young coach. I also was surprised to learn how much
Ruth Hill
First off, I am not a football fan. I watch it only because I have two people in my life who do love football. The only time I even showed any interest in football was when I lived in the Tampa Bay area. I remember when Tony Dungy took over as their head coach, and I remember how impressed I was and how the team changed. I was horrified when he was fired, and then we he became the Colts coach, I was somewhat interested. I remember how my heart broke when I heard of his son's suicide. The constan ...more
This book is called QUIET STRENGHT by Tony Dungy. One of the greatest coaches in the whole football league some of the special features this book has are that there some pictures of tony, and his family in the book. This book could be considering as many things, such as informational, but it’s more of a memoir. this book fits a lot to me because me I’m a football/ wrestler/ soccer players, and this book not only gives you tips to success as a coach, it also gives you tips on how to be an uncommo ...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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