Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life
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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 befo...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Tryndale (first published January 1st 2007)
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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.
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
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Very inspiring book, and interesting. I was aware of much of the info in the book, but it was great to get Coach Dungy's perspective and more details of his life.
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...more
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...more
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
Cord Bambola
Though it started off a bit slow, I was inspired by Tony Dungy's life as described in the book. It has been trendy by some sports figures to proclaim their faith, but sadly, their actions all too often do not seem to match their words. Before I read this book, I knew Tony was well respected for his strong Faith and the book reinforced how his Faith is the number one priority in his life. He is a good role model in the fact that he is focused on affecting the people around him as opposed to the "...more
Sep 29, 2008 Kenny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kenny by: Anna Fung
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the amusing anecdotes that bridge the gap between the successful coach and the average man, like the story about his glasses and his wife's dislike of cold weather. I thought it was interesting to revisit previous NFL seasons and hear the coach's perspective outside of the press conference format. I also liked how he used his accomplishments to set the background of his narrative rather than as a basis for arrogance. He clearly recognizes his own fa...more
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...more
Kathy Eberly
I love to read, but the kind of book that I truly enjoy is a motivational autobiography. Tony Dungy does just that in his book Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life. I have always been fascinated by Coach Dungy's Christian testimony, so I wasn't disappointed to read this book that I purchased for my husband for his birthday. Actually, I purchased the audio book. I enjoyed hearing Coach Dungy's thoughts in his own words. From his upbringing in a strong famil...more
Stephen Berridge
I really enjoyed reading this book written by Tony Dungy was a really great book. It is basically about the authors journey through life and ended up having his dream come true. Really the only conflict he experiences is internal. Throughout the whole story, he is faced with tough decisions and goes through difficult situations. Through it all, he finds the strength to face those hardships and moves on. The of the book is that no matter what problems you face during the course of your life, if y...more
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...more
Tony Dungy is from Jackson, Michigan where I live. The Dungy family name is well known and respected in the community. So when the book came out I added it to my reading list and forgot about it. Then a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a copy on the used book table at the library and bought it.

When I discovered that his strength comes from his strong religious beliefs, I decided that perhaps I wouldn't bother to read it. But then, I thought, I'll just read a little bit. It only took me a couple of...more
Sally Loftis
"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...more
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