No. 8 Tony Dungy (Head Coach): Indianapolis Colts, National Football League
Having set new NFL head coaching records for appearing in ten consecutive playoffs, becoming the first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams, and being the first African American head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl trophy, Tony Dungy left an indelible mark on the NFL. Dungy’s legacy continues through the “coaching tree” he established by having developed numerous assistants who now lead NFL teams. Also a popular football commentator and bestselling author, Dungy is well known for his coaching philosophy. His simple, but often overlooked, beliefs are that the best coach puts faith and family ahead of football; treats players as students, and does not scream, shout, or throw helmets. Upon retiring, Dungy announced that he would spend more time with his family and pursue “some things that will make our country better;” perhaps he already has7.