This Day in Black History: Feb. 4, 2007

Tony Dungy

This Day in Black History: Feb. 4, 2007

Tony Dungy, on Feb. 4, 2007, became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl.

Published February 4, 2015

Tony Dungy became the first Black head coach to win a Super Bowl title on Feb. 4, 2007.

As coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy led the team to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Dungy played football in college when he was a star quarterback for the University of Minnesota. He was then drafted to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1967 where he played for only one season. He later played for the San Francisco 49ers and in 1980 he ended his NFL playing career with the New York Giants.

Dungy coached several NFL teams, and in 2002, he found his home with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts set a new NFL record when in 2008, under Dungy’s leadership, they made their 10th consecutive playoff appearance. Dungy retired after the 2008-2009 NFL season.

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Written by Brea C. Mosley


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