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NFL reaction to Tony Dungy's retirement

What they're saying

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

"Tony Dungy taught us all how to handle triumph and tragedy with dignity and grace. Although we will miss him, Tony is a great man and his impact will be part of the NFL forever."

Bucs executive vice president Joel Glazer:

"We wish Tony and his family all the best as he heads into retirement. Tony has been a class act on and off the football field for his entire career. We thank him for his major role in helping turn this franchise around. He will be missed all across the National Football League."

Colts owner Jim Irsay:

"I knew this day would come some time, it always does in life. It's been an incredible journey, and as an owner, I think, you dream of having the kind of relationship with a head coach that I've had with Tony."

Bucs LB Derrick Brooks:

"I'd first like to congratulate Coach Dungy on a great career and wish him well moving forward. I certainly look forward to partnering with him on various community projects in Tampa. He certainly meant a lot to me as a role model; displaying high character, great integrity and consistency as a man. We cannot ask for a better ambassador for the game of football than Coach Dungy as he has always lived his life by faith, family and football, in that order."

Former Bucs DT Warren Sapp:

"He's the ultimate man, leader and example. We should all be so lucky to have even met the man. I was so fortunate to have him touch me and be part of my life."

Falcons vice president Rich McKay:

"Tony's achievements on the field as a coach and a mentor are great. But his qualities as an individual with the utmost integrity are even greater."

FB Mike Alstott:

"You believed in him. He gave us belief that if we stick together and play as a team and not as individuals, what we do throughout the week to prepare will translate on Sunday and we'll have success. We believed in Coach Dungy as our leader."

Former Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson:

"There are more ways than one to skin a cat, and he did it in such a way that set an example for everyone around him."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh:

"I think his impact on the league has been something transforming. He's changed the way sometimes coaches view the position and how they relate to the players and the type of values they put in place for the football team. I think he's changed the face of the league in some ways, and it's ever-changing that way right now for the good because of Tony Dungy."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick:

"People often say that teams reflect their head coach, and that can be said of Tony Dungy's teams, which are consistent winners every single year. Tony has been such a fixture in this league that his absence will take some getting used to."

Mark Merrill, founder and president of Family First:

"Tony Dungy is retiring from coaching and leaving the world of coaching NFL teams, but he'll continue to be a coach always. Once a coach, always a coach for Tony Dungy. Tony has really planned to continue coaching fathers through All Pro Dad, our fatherhood program of Family First. And he wants to continue coaching through prisons with Abe Brown ministries."

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

NFL reaction to Tony Dungy's retirement 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:11pm]
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