Joe Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE has a piece today recounting Tony Dungy’s recent visit to Jefferson High School in Tampa - where he met with students and gave a motivational speech.
Henderson first though had the latest on Dungy’s book, “Quiet Strength”, which is now a bonafide bestseller: “The publisher originally figured “Quiet Strength” would sell around 30,000 copies when it was released last July. Within three weeks, though, it was No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Sales have topped 900,000 and co-author Nathan Whitaker said there might be a sequel on the way.”
After shaking hands and signing autographs, Dungy then spoke to the student body. While taking questions, someone brought up the Patriots “cheating scandal” to the Colts Coach. That’s when the fun started.
Then someone asked if anything happened last season that he wished he could include in the book. What followed was vintage Dungy. He seized the opening. He brought up the videotaping scandal with the New England Patriots.
“We talk about how important it is to do things the right way and have integrity so that when you do win, people can never ask that question,” he said. “That’s the great thing that I’m happy about with our team.
“Yes, we won. But no one is really going to ask, ‘Did they cheat? Did they do things the right way?’ I think our record speaks for itself and if you’re a true champion, that’s the way you’d like it to be.“
A “true” champion? Dungy really should be a politician. Talk about a velvet sledgehammer!