Dungy: Character Is What Wins ChampionshipsApril 26th, 2011
Former Bucs and Colts head coach Father Dungy is the first guy to counsel and help a troubled man.
He also doesn’t hesitate to red flag a college player who might be trouble.
Dungy explained this during an interview with Shaun King today on The King David Show on WQYK-AM 1010.
“Character is what wins championships for you,” said Dungy, who explained that talented players make plays and win games, but teams need the locker room right to win consistently and a be a champion.
“We had a category when I was in Tampa: ‘Do not draft because of character,”‘ Dungy said. “If you have red flags on a player, it ends up saving you a lot in the long run if you don’t draft him.”
Dungy weighed in on Aqib Talib saying that once a player with Talib’s episodes is in the team family, a guy like Talib will get a lot of patience and counseling from the Bucs, but the Bucs are probably assessing now whether Talib is worth the effort.
Joe always thought defense wins championships, along with a good quarterback. But Joe gets Dungy’s point. Long term, a team is much better off with the good guys. There are plenty of them who can play damn good football.