Dungy earns his place in the HOF


Tony Dungy, the former Steelers safety and defensive coordinator, will join former Steelers' linebacker Kevin Greene as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Dungy, who played for the Steelers in 1977-78 and was a member of the Super Bowl XIII team, returned to the Steelers in 1981 as the team's defensive backs coach. He was named the Steelers' defensive coordinator in 1984, becoming the league's youngest defensive coordinator.

But it wasn't his time with the Steelers he is headed to the Hall of Fame for. Dungy was elected for his career as a head coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001) and Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008).

Dungy led the Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI and had a career coaching record of 139-69 in the regular season. His overall record is 148-79. He led 11 of the 13 teams he coached to the postseason and took teams to the postseason for 10 straight years, a record for an NFL head coach.

Dungy has often credited Steelers' Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll with being an inspiration for him in his coaching career.

"I'll never forget what Coach Noll once told me," said Dungy. "A coach's job is to make his players better. I think back to the things I told my teams. It all came from him. So much of what I believe in, perseverance, not wavering, not giving into other voices, and what I believe about football, speed and quickness, so much came from him.

"You learned how to win by out-preparing people and outworking people, out-hitting people. There weren't any secrets or shortcuts. And when the game was over, he let it go. Playing and working for him, I saw you could do that. You could be successful and still be well-rounded. You could have another life, be a family man, like he was."

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