Father Dungy Selected For Hall Of Fame

February 6th, 2016

father dungy 0202Congratulations to Father Dungy, who was voted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame this evening.

He’s “Father” Dungy to Joe, in part, because he sired the Buccaneers’ revival from league doormat to perennial contender. There’s no question that Dungy truly changed a culture and injected a winning mentality.

No, he didn’t get the job done in Tampa and was rightfully fired. But Dungy went on to stardom in Indianapolis.

The primary reason Dungy is in the Hall? His teams won more than two-thirds of their games in the regular season.


60 Responses to “Father Dungy Selected For Hall Of Fame”

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    saw that report..congrats TD!!

  2. ndog Says:

    This along with Jameis not winning rookie of the year is just showing the people who vote on these things are about a bias as possible. I like Dungy but he does not deserve this as look at coaches like Jimmy Johnson who is not in.

  3. Howard Cosell Says:

    That’s really cool.
    Dungy was an epic head coach and a good safety for the Steelers.
    The world really needs more people like him.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Ndog said it perfectly

  5. feelthepewterpower Says:

    JJ failed miserably in Miami…..that’s why he’s not in….Dungy took both franchises to new levels not seen.

  6. ndog Says:

    Dungy did very little in Indy he just stood there was Peyton did it all. He had nothing to do with the offense and his defenses there sucked!

  7. Luther Says:

    Even Adrian Peterson was surprised Jameis didn’t win.

  8. Rrsrq Says:

    Congrats Coach Dungy, typical Bucs fans never want to be “just” excited for a Buccaneer man, love finding fault. #coachingtree

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    The whole thing is a farce. congrats to Dungy. I knew who won before the show. Jameis was robbed. Lynch will never make it now. and Ronde will be the next Buc HOF’er.

  10. tmaxcon Says:


    Go look at his coaching trees records before you give undeserved credit. Tomlin is not a dungy guy 1 year only. Facts matter… herm edwards under .500, Marinelli embarrassing 0-16, Caldwell and Lovie below average… again look up their ecords before tossing out comments. Dungy never built anything. No drafted hall of fame players.

  11. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I don’t think I have ever used the F -word as much as I did tonight when Jameis did not win the Rookie of the Year must have been 30 of them that came out..heck, even my sons left in fear of their lives and the cats hid under the bed!

    That is bull!! He was robbed of the award! Come on!

    On the other hand Eric Berry’s speech left me in tears! He would look great in pewter and red!!

    Congrats to TD! I do respect him..very much..

  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Gruden made a conf final and then won a super bowl with another team. hw will be in the hall of fame next.

  13. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    This Jimmy Johnson stuff is bullhockey. Yes he’s a great coach and so was TD.

    JJ had a three year great run…that’s it!!! He rode Aikman to two Super Bowls

    ONE MORE THAN TD TD’s regular season record smokes JJ..BIG TIME

    Dungy’s record with Tampa was exactly the same as JJ had with the Dophins..
    The both won .563 % of the time.

    But Dungy smokes JJ in overall win % .668 to .556 !!!

    Dungy won ..759 of his games with Indy and had a .538..or winning record in the playoffs.

    JJ won .400 of his PLAYOFF games with Miami.

    And so TD did it over a longer period of time with a better record with both of his teams.

    JJ had one three year run with Aikman…he couldn’t back it up when he went to Miami!!! He was a LOSING coach in the post season with Miami and his regular season matched TD’s with Tampa but didn’t come close to TD’s Indy days.

    I get the frustration with TD’s stoic personality on the sideline. He fielded some of the most boring teams and I get that. He never got over the hump here in Tampa…he came a lot closer in Tampa than JJ did in Miami!

    TD coached 13 years to JJ’s 9 years…and still ended up with a dramatically better win %.

    Hate on the man all you want but the numbers do not lie.

    And how many of JJ’s coaches have gone on to win a Super Bowl or participate in a Super Bowl. I honestly do not know if JJ has a coaching tree like TD.

    TD gets on my nerves but that’s just me because I do not appreciate people wearing their religion on their sleeve…but it is anybody’s right to do so and TD is a class act.

    Some of this is based on stuff totally unrelated to actual qualifications…like preferring MM over JW. That is irrelevant in terms of this award.

    I get that many of you dislike TD. He’s not my favorite person or coach either.
    But the man has freaking scoreboard!!!

  14. tmaxcon Says:


    Recheck your numbers dungy is .474 playoff record

  15. tmaxcon Says:


    Stop giving dungy credit for Tomlin that is misleading at best. 1 year under dungy go look it up gruden had him 4 years

  16. DB55 Says:

    Respectfully I’d say JJs 3 SB rings trumps everything else.

  17. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I feel bad for lynch.😢

  18. ndog Says:

    StPete you say JJ rode Aikman but you dont think Dungy rode Payton to his only title?

  19. ndog Says:

    My opinion is simple he was impressive in Tampa but did little to nothing in Indy. He played in a division that was easy to win each year with a all time great like Peyton and still only one on SuperBowl and that was against freaking Rex Grossman. He was never a great coach as he only knew one side of the ball and had(s) no clue about the other (Offense). He counted pick good offensive players or coaches. How is that someone who deserves to be in the HOF? Take away Peyton and he wouldn’t even be considered.

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Congrats to tony. I can’t say it was well deserved, but he did do a great job bringing a winner to Tampa and i will always be greatful for that. We had some tremendous years under Tony, and they were fun to watch.

    Manning winning only 1 superbowl with dungy is why i wouldnt call him deserving. His teams were dominant, but couldnt get anywhere in the playoffs. It took beating a Lovie Smith coached team to win the SB. Im not impressed.

    This one is chalked up to the “fame” part of the hall of fame. He was super respected around the league and in the media. He carried himself well and went out on top. Kinda like how Namath got in the HOF, his stats werent good or anything but he was the face of the league and iconic, even still to this day we quote, “we’re gonna win the game, i guarantee it”. I put dungy wih namath. Iconic type people who had just enough success to get the nod.

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    I remember one Indy game during the Superbowl run, It was 4th and short Tony Dungy like always called for the punt. Payton manning told the special teams to go back to the sideline!!! Manning then got the first down and latter won the game!
    After the game, Dungy said there was “miscommunication!!!!”
    That’s hall of fame???

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Apologies for the confusion I was comparing TD’s playoff record with Indy to JJ’s playoff record with Miami. I admit that was poorly written.

    Basically TD did better with Indy than JJ did with Miami and JJ did better in the post season…only the same in the regular season with Dallas than TD did with Tampa.

    Bottom line is what Joe has preached all along…great QB’s make great coaches!

    When TD had Peyton he was a winner in the regular and post season…when JJ had Aikman he was also a winner…but take JJ in Miami or TD in Tampa and it become meh.

    And so we can all celebrate. Stupid award or not we all know #3 is the real deal!! We have a franchise QB and so we have a real chance going forward.

  23. ndog Says:

    Realist we actually 100% agree! What is going on?

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    JJ only had TWO SB’s not three…he won them back to back with and excellent team as part of a three year run of amazing excellence.

    I think I mentioned it the post to Tmax but YES…certainly TD rode Manning to the SB just as JJ rode Aikman.

    We now have our own franchise QB and how much fun is it going to be to see how far Koetter can ride #3!!!

  25. ndog Says:

    I am tremendously pissed Jameis did not win ROY. And by the way did any of you see Steve Dumeig celebrating that Jameis did not win? I am so sick of that loser, just cause he wanted MM here he is going to root against Jameis his entire career and that is coming from our own market! Way to support us, and he acts like he is all about the local teams. Go back to Philly, you dont know what your talking about unless it is gambling, golf or soccer anyways.

  26. Mike Johnson Says:

    Dungy turned us from Doormat to being feared on Defense. And although many of you have forgotten or where not around..we were doormats. Everybody had their way with us. So Congrat to Tony Dungy. He’s living proof..You can’t keep a good man down for long. He went on and won..a superbowl despite us Bucs.

  27. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Take away Peyton and he wouldn’t even be considered.

    You might wish to do that but that’s not how life works!!! Take away Aikman and perhaps JJ wouldn’t be considered.

    BTW Which QB in the modern era is known for having a bad post season record.
    Why I think it would be that same Peyton Manning. If Peyton wins tomorrow night some of that monkey will be off of his back…but if he loses…let me guess…Manning’s struggles in the post season were actually TD’s fault.

    Taking one 4th down call and baseing an HOF selection is absurd..Cmon guys.

    The numbers do not lie and the HOF does not consider bloggers opinions.

  28. dougie Says:

    Well deserved, his defensive scheme is a mainstay, every team has a tampa 2 package, hell every football team from peewee to the pros have a tampa 2. He brought a franchise up from the ashes, with nothing. His 1999 Defense is arguably one of the greatest of all time (it was). A defense that spawned possibly 5 HOFs when all is said and done. The coaches he brought along, some will be HOF’s in their own right. He did win only one super bowl but being a defensive minded coach and doing it with Manning says a whole lot. Dungy left a deep footprint on the game of football, his legacy is all over the NFL, making him a HOF’er.

  29. tmaxcon Says:


    No apologizes needed sir. I respect your viewpoint however, I don’t think you ar giving JJ enough credit for building his own teams and the fact he drafted 5 possibly 6 hall of famers where dungy never did that. Dungy was handed 2 to 3 hall of famers in tampa and 3 to 4 in indy…

    Dungy deserves tremendous credit for turning around the bucs that being said that alone and the fact the public perception he is this great guy does not warrant a hall of fame enshrinement

  30. ndog Says:

    People give credit to Dungy but he also came in with new ownership who is really turned the franchise around. Dungy did not draft Lynch, Sapp or Brooks. Yes he put in excellent structure and a winning attitude but he was PART of the reason we turned around not the only reason. And StPete I love your comment about the QB who struggles in the post season. So you are basically admitting that if Peyton (who TD had nothing to do with) was not awesome, then his team did not have a chance. What does that say about the defense on those teams (who TD was in charge of)? Thanks for making my point TD was nothing without Peyton. All he should get credit is what he did he with the help of McKay and the Glazers. And please dont talk about Bucs history with me cause you wont win.

  31. tmaxcon Says:

    Someone please tell who these great head coaches are from Tony Dungy’s tree… Please research their records before throwing out false credit…

    Rod Marinelli .208 winning percentage and one amazing 0-16 season… awesome

    Herm edwards .422 regular season and .333 playoff winning % hardly great

    Lovie Smith .506 winning percentage with a .500 3-3 playoff record in 11 years plus 2 of the most embarrassing seasons in bucs history with 3 epic blowouts that rank among the leagues worst of all time not only bucs. Not to mention one of the most embarrassing defenses in league history. once again hardly successful.

    Jim Caldwell .550 regular season with a lovely 2-14 season and a .400 playoff record. again hardly amazing…

    Tomlin is not a dungy guy it blows my mind how many people want to use tomlin to prop up dungy’s tree it shows very little respect for Tomlin’s accomplishments.

  32. tmaxcon Says:

    .421 winning percentage combined average of dungy’s coaching tree again hardly amazing…

  33. Rrsrq Says:

    Years of ano Buccaneer men to go to the HOF, Selmon’s sat alone for years, this should all be congrats Coach, but not Bucs fan, no, not on JBF, they rather throw salt. Yeah, Jameis did what only two rookie QBs had ever done, but no ROY from the AP, that’s a travesty, but it doesn’t take away from what Gurley did.

  34. Rrsrq Says:

    Thanks Ira K, for the sell

  35. ndog Says:

    If you ever watch Dungy on Sunday night Football he is not about the Bucs he is about the Colts plain and simple. In his mind he is not a former Buc but a former Colt. That is fine but dont act like Buc fans cannot have an opinion on him just cause he was part of our history. I meet TD and he was very nice to me but this not about how nice someone is it is about what is right and wrong. he did not belong in the hall and Jameis did deserve ROY. All about right vs wrong!

  36. ndog Says:

    With things like this and ticket prices going up it is getting harder and harder to continue to support the NFL.

  37. tmaxcon Says:

    hall of fame definitely takes a credibility hit over this. It’s about the best of the best not a popularity contest or perception. you can never take the human element out of it that being said the hall of fame is about accomplishments and numbers not how many hours you are on tv each week after your playing / coaching days are over.

  38. Ed Kerber Says:

    Dungy was great at hiring a staff. His two most belittled choices at offensive coordinators are still in the league being offensive coordinators. Coach after coach he hired was top-notch. And unlike JJ he did not just hire the same people over and over. Look at the staffing in Indy and Tampa. He could pick a rising coaching star!

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    Well I’m happy for him. I certainly have no gripe with Dungy considering I suffered long enough before he became the coach. He did change the culture on the team as far as I’m concerned. I too grew tired of his conservative ways, but I have nothing but fond memories of Dungy. So congrats Tony Dungy, I think it’s little early for you to get in but whoopdy doo. Congrats.

  40. tmaxcon Says:

    Ed Kerber

    I guess you forgot about the horrendous offensive staffs he put together in Tampa. If he’s so good at hiring maybe he should be in the Department of Labors or Chamber of Commeece hall of fame instead of pro football hall of fame.

  41. NewDayInTampa Says:

    Hey dummies the fans voted for rookie of the year you should have voted

  42. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Congrats to Dungy. He deserved it. But off topic, Jameis got screwed on OROTY. The only good thing about it is it will motivate him even more now.

  43. Luther Says:

    Fans voted for Pepsi Award and Jameis won…this was the AP and they screwed the pooch

  44. Ray Rice Says:

    FUK him and his FUKD up attitude at the Moscone center last night. His numbers aren’t HOF worthy.

  45. Espo Says:

    So when this was posted I tried to write congrats to a great coach. I got an error saying it was spam.

  46. Buc believer Says:

    Dungy belongs in the HOF as much as Aaron Hernandez deserves parole.

  47. Rrsrq Says:

    When Lynch goes in, I will love to see all these posters talk about how he doesn’t deserve it, what was so great about his stats, he only has one SB, he didn’t lead the team in tackles or interceptions, but he was a helluva player, I enjoyed watching him and when he goes in, even though he played for Denver, even though he hated on Jameis, I will still celebrate him going into the HOF.

  48. tmaxcon Says:


    The point you are failing to comprehend is the hall of fame is for the Best of Best not nice guys or feel good stories. Dungy simply does not meet the criteria for HOF…. a head coach with a below .500 playoff record is not the best of the best. Hof is based on numbers and facts not emotion or favoritism. Take your fan hat off and look objectively at the numbers. Simple as that…

    Lynch is a completely separate case and his accomplishments in both Tampa and Denver definitely put him in the discussion for the hall of fame. Safeties have a hard time getting in the HOF comparing dungy and lynch is asinine in the context you have written.

  49. The Buc Realist Says:

    How does a “Hall of Fame” coach get fired and the team got immensely better!! After Dungy was fired then the defense had its best year ever!!!
    Is that hall of fame????

    There is only one more Hall of Famer left! And it is my favorite player of the Buds past Rhonde Barber!!!!!!

    If they let Lynch in they might as well just hand out gold T-shirts instead of gold jackets!!!!

  50. Rrsrq Says:


    I’m just celebrating my Bucs, it’s simple as that

  51. tmaxcon Says:


    Fair enough fine sire… Unfortunately, Tony Dungy is a colt not a buc just ask him. Like ndog mentioned above he rarely if every mentions tampa he is 100% colt.

  52. biff barker Says:

    Jimmy Johnson is a very keen observer of talent and knew what to do with it. The record books and the HOF talent he developed is the proof.

    Maybe the best line ever… regarding drafting Dilfer. After the talking heads all weigh in the camera pans to Jimmy. His one word response was “Nah”.

    I’m happy for Tony even though the legend has eclipsed the truth.

  53. Buc1987 Says:

    Realist… I don’t know what the stats say, but I think 1999 was the best defense. Atleast according to the eye test anyways. Should of went to the SB that season and got screwed by the refs.

  54. ATrain Says:

    Congrats Dungy…

    Well deserved a Great Coach and Man.. The NFL needs more like him..

    Winston not getting Rookie of the year was BS….He played all games…4000 yrds… Played the toughest position on the field. Was a leader. And started under a dark shadow…

    I was not for Winston when the Bucs drafted him…

    But HE did everything and more…

    Rookie of the YEAR. NO DOUBT

  55. orlbucfan Says:

    ” ……. I think 1999 was the best defense. Atleast according to the eye test anyways. Should of went to the SB that season and got screwed by the refs.”
    I normally razz you, but I agree with your quote 1500%. The greatest NFL defense at that time learned how to outplay both the refs and the opposing team. That’s a big reason why Bucs won the SB. Jameis’ college off-field rep probably hurt him getting ROY tho he deserved the honor. Congratulations Coach Dungy!! A good guy finishes first. I’ll take it. Go Bucs!!

  56. Buccfan37 Says:

    Dungy’s talking head gig on national TV pushed him into the HOF. That’s it in a nutshell. I get the impression that the guy who sits on his left on TV does not like him when he talks. In this case Dungy squeaked in below the lowered bar. The Bucs should have won multiple SB’s under his tenure, that’s why he talks about his time in Tampa little. Hall of Fame coach, not hardly.

  57. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Dungy won the hall of fame the same way winston lost the oroy. Popularity and reputation. Winston has a bad rep and get hated by national media every chance they get. Dungy is well respected and like bu the national media. It comes down simply to that. Winston deserved to be Oroy. But the media is stupid and slanted. (Imagine that)

  58. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somebody here mentioned Dungy is all about the Colts? Hell, why shouldn’t he be? That’s where he got 1st class treatment and won a superbowl. Don’t hate Buc fans. Be happy for Tony Dungy. Our Bucs kicked him to the curb yet..he could not be denied. He won his superbowl. I wish a lot of you could have been Buc fans before Dungy got to the Bucs. We use to go to the games to get drunk and chase women. That’s about all the stadium was good for. Because we all knew we were going to lose. Dungy turned us around..period…with that Defense. Tony Dungy is fully aware of the Glazier craziness and how inept they are at running a team. He knows from experience. Congratulation Mr Dungy!!

  59. mac Says:

    I am very happy for Tony Dungy… Great man, great coach… I will always respect what his teams accomplished… Thanks for the wonderful memories…

  60. macabee Says: