Super Bowl football dish: Tony Dungy visits Letterman Thursday
Indiana native David Letterman has made no secret of his respect for Tampa resident and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy -- probably because Dungy led his home state Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl championship just two years ago.
So it makes sense that Dungy would stop by Letterman's New York digs at 11:35 p.m. Thursday to talk about his decision to retire from the Colts and trade quips with Indiana's favorite son (with Michael Jackson and yours truly not far behind).
The coach's achievements are well known: 31 years in the NFL as both player and coach, seven season at the Colts, five years with the Bucs, status as the first black coach to win the Big Game, honors as the NFL coach with the most consecutive playoff appearances and a consistent reputation as an honorable, quality guy.
Dungy will also be honored on Friday at the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa. He's also expected to appear on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show, airing at noon Sunday.
And publication of the former coach's third book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, has been moved up three weeks to Tuesday, taking advantage of Dungy's retirement announcement and the Super Bowl hoopla.
Wonder how he and Dave will fill all that TV time come Thursday?
Here's Letterman's classic Super Bowl commercial from 2007. *
Click below to read CBS's official press release:
RETIRING INDIANAPOLIS COLTS COACH TONY DUNGY TO VISIT CBS's "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN," THURSDAY, JAN. 29
NEW YORK, Jan. 26 — Tony Dungy, who recently retired from football as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, talks about his decision to leave the game when he visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, Jan. 29 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. His retirement comes after 31 years in the NFL, first as a player and later as a coach. Dungy led the Colts for seven seasons and helped take them to victory in Super Bowl XLI, becoming the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl. The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope, Jude Brennan and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.