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Tony Dungy announces retirement



DungyUPDATE, 5:33 p.m. -- Tony Dungy announces in a news conference that he will step down after seven seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m. --
Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson told ESPN's  "SportsCenter" that Tony Dungy met with players, including Jackson, on Monday to tell them he was retiring.

"I let him know how great it was to play for him and what respect I have for him," Jackson is quoted as saying.


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy will step down as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, according to Jay Glazer of

The Colts have scheduled a 5 p.m. news conference, presumably to announce Dungy's resignation.

Citing unnamed sources, Glazer reports that Dungy is saying goodbye to players and team employees at the team's headquarters and assuring them of a smooth transition under new coach Jim Caldwell.

Dungy reportedly mulled over the decision with his family and decided it was best to step down now, ''while the Colts' nucleus was still intact.''

(AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:22pm]


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