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2015 Hall of Fame finalist: Tony Dungy

1/29/2015

Just like receiver Marvin Harrison, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy hopes this will be the last year he has to wait to find out if he'll be headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dungy, Harrison and former Colts general manager Bill Polian are Hall of Fame finalists for the class of 2015.

Dungy spent 32 years in the NFL as a player and coach, as which he learned a lot from former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

Dungy played for Noll in 1977-78, was his defensive backs coach from 198 to 1983 and was Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator from 1984 to 1988. He was defensive backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989 to 1991 and defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings from 1992 to 1995.

Dungy got his first head-coaching opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996 and stayed until 2001. He took over an Indianapolis team that had a franchise quarterback in Peyton Manning, Harrison, running back Edgerrin James and receiver Reggie Wayne. Dungy provided the leadership from the sideline.

The Colts won at least 10 games in all seven seasons under Dungy. They won five division titles during that same span and Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. Dungy led the Colts and Buccaneers to the playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons coaching those teams.

Dungy is the Colts' winningest coach with a 92-33 record. He's 22nd in NFL history with a 148-79 overall record.