How does Dungy's connection to Indy rate?

January, 12, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky
Highest winning percentage with one team
(Min. 50 games)

George Seifert 49ers .766
John Madden Raiders .759
Tony Dungy Colts .759 *
Don Shula Colts .755
Vince Lombardi Packers .754
* 85-27 in 7 seasons

Tony Dungy's place on several significant lists gives a real sense of his place in league history.

He won at a higher percentage with Indianapolis (.759) than Vince Lombardi did in Green Bay (.754). He won more games in his first seven seasons in Indianapolis (85) than Bill Belichick did in New England (75) or than Joe Gibbs did in Washington (74).

During his farewell press conference, he said that while he will live in Tampa, he will spend plenty of time in the city for which he won a Super Bowl, searching for the right word and stabbing at "Indianapolisite" before embracing "Hoosier."

Which leads me to ask for your thoughts on Dungy.

How do those who live in Indianapolis or Indiana frame Dungy in terms of how much he is identified with your city and/or state?

I invite you to share your thoughts about that link and how you expect it will compare in time to other coaches of his era and the places where they spent the best years of their careers.

I'll do my best to sift through your responses and highlight some in the coming days.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter



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