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Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,569 ratings  ·  187 reviews
2009 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
Super Bowl-winning coach and #1 New York Times best selling author Tony Dungy has had an unusual opportunity to reflect on what it takes to achieve significance. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture. He also works every day with young men who are trying to achieve sig
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Tyndale Momentum (first published 2009)
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
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. When ...more
Jae You
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best I've read this year! Tony Dungy literates the true meaning of becoming a "leader, man, husband, and friend" in all aspects. Furthermore, I was personally encouraged by his strong foundation in the Word and Scripture where he derives his principles in leading his life and serving others. ...more
Jan Quijano
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book Uncommon by Tony Dungy is one of the best books I've read by far. This book is an autobiography. This book teaches you many lessons that you will need in life. It will talk about how to treat women and family and how to have respect. To me this book is written in first person. I think tony wrote this book to tell us that life is not only about playing a sport or trying to be like other but to be an UNCOMMON person in life, to do uncommon things. This is an autobiography because Tony ta ...more
Cal Jarrett
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tony Dungy does a great job of describing what it looks like to be an uncommon man. This book is a great book to read for young men because it relates to circumstances one will face and how to face them appropriately. Throughout his book Dungy emphasizes how important it is to keep your core values of family and faith in your life. Dungy describes what it looks like to be a man with purpose. Dungy says that even when the circumstances are not the most favorable it is important to remain a posit ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Great guy, great coach, and his perspective is kinda cool. If you don't read The Bible & have never read a book on leadership, this is a 30,000 ft view & a great book to use as a reference on Biblical-based leadership. I'm no master leader but I've read a few books from some of the greats, this book doesn't really reach that level. Overall, the book is a big ol' bowl of 'ok'. ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is not about football or coaching, its about life. It is about being a good person in every aspect of your life. Throughout the book Tony Dungy talks about being “Uncommon” and taking the uncommon approach to being a human. He breaks down how to do the right thing and have a good mind set. This book talks about many things such as: love life, family, friends, work, responsibility, humility, happiness, and many more. It is a book that gives people advice and insight about being the best ...more
Oct 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
Tony Dungy's nonfiction book explains how to be a true man. His definition of a true man might be different than most though. Being a true man isn't to be a common man and be in the crowd of other "men"; it's to be an uncommon man. He explains how to be exactly this through stories and his own experiences in his book "Uncommon".

In Dungy's book, he has many different categories that include stories of his life or others that tie into either being a man or a bad example of one. Some of the categor
Martez Mayo
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Do you know all the traits on how to be a man ? I thought I did until l read Former NFL player Tony Dungy`s great book on how to be a good football player how to treat your wife and all the traits you need to be a man…

Tony is a very wealthy man now that he played in the NFL and retired from it and now is a speaker for ESPN . But Tony didn't have none of that growing up tony was an average kid growing watching his parents struggle , him and his other siblin
Ben Zajdel
Recently retired Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy delivers an outstanding follow-up to his bestseller Quiet Strength in his new book, Uncommon. The name of the book is derived from a quote by former University of Minnesota coach Cal Stoll, who said:

"Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people."

Dungy first heard these words as a freshman on Stoll's football team almost three decades ago, and they have stayed with him ever since. The onl
Richard Kuhn
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would have rated this book five stars if I was younger and just starting out my marathon. The football coach informs us early that demographic is his target in this book. I found that interesting only because one of his sons committed suicide in his late teen years. So often a "famous" person suffers a loss like that and automatically he/she thinks is qualified to write a book which usually ends up in the library 50 cent please come and take me bin. I am so happy to say UNCOMMON does not go do ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a man who lived in Georgia. The main character that is talking throughout the book is Tony, he is a motivating reader. Some thing he mentioned in the book were leadership, God, morals, children, and marriage. Tony Dungy was the football coach, he inspired his team to all be team leaders. Something he taught me was to never give up on things in life , even when it gets hard you always try your best. I believe from reading Uncommon, with God all things are possible. Tony is mar ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have recently read Uncommon by Tony Dungy, and I thought that it was a really interesting book. The book is about his life as a coach, father, husband and player. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves sports and is in their teenage years and on, because younger kids just won’t connect with some of the things he talks about. He tells the reader about his life experiences and what he has learned. He has a reoccurring them about being uncommon, I know it’s the cover of the book, but he ...more
Zach Koenig
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Tony Dungy's first book, "Quiet Strength", the esteemed NFL Head Coach primarily focused on his journey through life, with personal stories peppered into a basic biography of his football career. Now, don't get me was a great read! This second effort, however, feels more like what Dungy perhaps had in mind to begin with...a collection of advice from his years living the Christian life.

Basically, if you are looking for hard-core football stories or X's and O's talk, steer clear of t
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Although the focus of this book is on what it means to be a man, I found many of the principals such as integrity, courage to stand alone, respect for yourself and others, applicable to both boys and girls. The book is written from a Christian man's perspective, and includes Bible verses and Biblical stories to illustrate many of his points. The author also includes stories from his life and his struggles. I really liked that each section of the book ended with a list of key concepts. After watc ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Coach Dungy wrote this book for men, stating that a true man is one who is "uncommon." There were 12 parts to this book and trusting God was the primary focus to each section. When I bought the book, I didn't read the cover and had no idea it was tailored to men. However, I read the entire book and enjoyed all of it. Dungy shared a few personal stories in each section and advice on how to handle various matters that affect a man and his family in our society today. The last quote in his book is ...more
Zach Miller
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Going into the book, Uncommon by Tony Dungy, i was expecting more of a life story. The life story was there but it was intertwined with many other factors. The book held an immense amount of knowledge of life and all there is out there. I feel that this book is a great representation of everything that we truly need in life and everything that we are truly capable of. I would, with no hesitation, recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is not the style that we may all enjoy but the con ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this from the library, I think from a recommendation from someone as a book on mentoring for a project I'm doing for work. I think I got the wrong book, but this is still a good read. It's filled with pointers and advice on living a life based on integrity and character and many values that are lost in our current culture and world. The author is strong in his religious beliefs, and does quote scripture and use it as support for his points.
I will admit that I skimmed the second half, once
Joan Early
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former coach for the Indianapolis Colts, and football commentator Tony Dungy has handed down a few good words about living a life of dignity by design.

I am not an avid non-fiction reader. I also never give nods to those with celebrity status simply because they're famous. I am a great admirer of those who carve out a special niche, not from the status they have achieved, but the way they life in the spotlight. Tony is clearly a man of integrity. His message is simply but inspiring. He has led ot
Every man and any boy aspiring to be a real man should read this book and apply its principles. Okay, so I'm not a man - but as a wife and mother, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The chapters are short and sweet, the principles clearly laid our and summarized, and it hits on everything from the importance of character to living a life of faith. Although I am not an avid football fan, I didn't get lost in the football jargon or the big names of football - the principles of the book were still eas ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Having no idea why I was prompted to read this book at the time, I have come away wishing everyone would read it, but especially boys/men to whom it was actually addressed. Tony Dungy, the Colts Coach, is a Christian (which I did not know) and has a very practical, no nonsense approach to becoming "uncommon", and "Finding Your Path To Significance". The Book is salted with scripture and other quotations throughout, but no so heavily as to offend some. There is no one who would not benefit from s ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fabulous read for young men and old (and women too) about how to be different in a positive way and to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those you love. Tony Dungy does it again in this book which focuses on self-discovery, which ultimately can only be found when you follow Christ. It's not preachy though. He tackles a lot of issues personal to young men like sex, drugs, women, choices, integrity, character, etc... He also reveals a few interesting anecdotes about how characte ...more
Roldan Navarrete
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance's hall-of-fame author provides a series of truly uplifting pieces of advice and motivational stories. This book focuses on the important of being uncommon not only as an athlete, but as a human being and in all aspects of life. It is true that this book is geared more towards football fans and moreover men, (Dungy often refers to his days as a football coach for the Indianapolis Colts and his father's teachings of how to be a man)but that fact is almos ...more
Noah Henson
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I read the book Uncommon, it is a biography on Tony Dungy. He was the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl winning head coach. Tony Dungy was not the normal coach he taught football players the way of his culture or what he believes in. He taught them respect for other players. He also taught them what peace is meant. He taught his team to be in peace with themselves and there teammates. That year the indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl. People say he was the best coach who has ever coached football ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this book to me. However, it had caught my eye earlier. Tony Dungy is a very quiet man who had done extraordinary things. His faith has been paramount to his success, in his eyes. A devout Christian, he does use Biblical references at times to make a point. But I don't feel he "over does it" and become "preachy". I would highly recommend this book, especially for young men, whether you are an athlete or not. It is a quick read, but you will find yourself reflecting on what d ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As being a father of a 2 year old and 3 year old I found this book to be a big help in my life. I myself have not been what you would call a religious man but after reading the book I have a new outlook on the way I should treat and teach my children on the ways of good living and also how to be a better husband to my wife. The book is well written and easy to follow. He will be missed in the NFL as a coach but I think he was put on this earth to help more people outside of the game than in. Tha ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, I believe this book is real motivator for men in their late teens to early adults. Although some parts of this books sounds cliche, this books speaks about core values of successful indiviual. Over the course of the time I read this book, I felt like I was beginning to change as an indiviual in my family as well as the community around me. Uncommon is one of the those books that you do not see that often that talks about the values of a significant life. I think this is was a good book ...more
SJ Barakony
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A solid read. I put b/w 4 and 4 1/2 stars ( and the absence of 1/2's on this platform leads me to go with '4' )
The book didn't wow me since I've been immersed in the kind of high quality information which Mr. Dungy discussed throughout, however, for someone who had *not* been in this same culture of 3-20% level info, I'd call this a 4 1/2 to 5 , and round up most likely.

The range of topics covered is a great survey that impacts the ground on which we live in the complex reality of our world -
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, more for a man. Written by a football coach and talks about fatherhood and raising good strong young men, but never a bad thing to understand as a woman. Well written. Wish more men and fathers read this book. Loved the scriptural references and the christian view from which is is written. Excellent read for both men and women, but as I said i wish more young men/fathers would read this book. We would have better children in this world.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a fairly short and simple book where Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts winning football coach and all-around great guy, enumerates his advice for life on several topics. He has been very involved in mentoring young men and that seems to be his target audience for the book. He is very religious and his religious views are sprinkled throughout. Although I would be happy for my son to read this book, I found it too simple, preachy, and speech-like to be interesting to me.
Kim Ford
This is such an awesome book. I didn't know a lot about Tony Dungy prior to reading this book except that he was the Indianapolis Colts Coach and he had a son that committed suicide. He is definitely a man of faith and has a lot of good life lessons. I want my Trey to read when I am done, would be very good for boys, especially boys involved in sports as he relates a lot of his stories from when he played and coached. VERY GOOD!!! ...more
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Tony Dungy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include Quiet Strength, Uncommon,The Mentor Leader and Uncommon Marriage. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. Dungy established another NFL first by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years.


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