Tony Dungy Writes Book

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An Illinois company that bills itself as a Christian publisher is working with Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy on a memoir.

Dungy's book, entitled "Quiet Strength: The principles, practices & priorities of a winning life," will be released nationally July 10, Tyndale House Publishers Inc. announced Wednesday.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The book will begin in Dungy's childhood and then touch on events throughout his life, said Janis Harris, associate publisher, books. One of those topics will be the 2005 death of Dungy's son, James.

"He shares a bit about that, about how he reacted to the tragedy of his son's death and how his faith helped him in that," she said Thursday.

Dungy said in a statement that he never intended to write a book. But he changed his mind after he heard from many people who were excited about his team's Super Bowl victory over the Bears in February.

"I wanted to tell each of them that it wasn't the victory, but the journey and the lessons learned along that journey that really matter," he said. "It is my prayer that reading my story will cause people to stop and examine what's really important in life."

A Colts spokesman said Dungy was in meetings Thursday afternoon and not available to comment.

Dungy, who grew up in Jackson, Mich., will write about how he was raised, Harris said.

"He had amazing parents who were very intentional in their approach to parenting," she said.

The memoir also will follow him through his football playing career at the University of Minnesota and with the Pittsburgh Steelers and then into coaching. Dungy coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six seasons before taking over the Colts' job in 2002.

In February, he became the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl.

"It does touch on pretty much his entire life with a focus on his leadership style and his life priorities," Harris said.

Denzel Washington will provide the forward for the book, which will be co-written with Nathan Whitaker, a first-time author, Harris said.

Tyndale has published several other memoirs, including "Let's Roll," by Lisa Beamer, wife of Sept. 11 victim Todd Beamer.

Beamer was killed when United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania. He is famous for the line, "Let's roll," he said as the passenger revolt began to try to retake the plane.