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All Quotes by author - Tony Dungy
" All Pro Dad is an organization that started down in Tampa in 1997. And it was just a group of us who felt like we weren't doing as good a job as our fathers did in connecting with kids and being there and being involved in their lives, working and coaching and spending all the time we had to. We just felt badly. "
" Anyone who's a parent dreads that call in the middle of the night. I have four grown children and I still dread it. "
" As a young kid, I had a great background. My grandfather was a minister; I have two uncles that were ministers, and so I had that spiritual background. I accepted Christ early as a kid. "
" As big a deal as the Super Bowl is, it's not the most important thing going on in the planet. "
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" As humans, we don't know what we should do. We don't have those instincts like God has given animals. We have to see to know where we are going. It is just a natural human emotion to look for people to emulate. "
" Balance provides the chance for longevity. You can be a champion at work and at home. "
" But I know I have a son who doesn't listen to anything I say and if he hears the same thing from someone else, sometimes it has a little more impact. "
" But there's no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives. "
" Did you know that nearly one in three children live apart from their biological dads? Those kids are two to three times more likely to grow up in poverty, to suffer in school, and to have health and behavioral problems. "
" Don't shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most people don't get to live. "
" Everything's not going to go perfect. You're going to have some losses that you're going to have to bounce back from and some things that are a little unforeseen that you're going to have to deal with. "
" Football was really my least favorite sport and the last sport that I ended up picking up as a kid. My dad started me off with baseball, which most kids did at that time. I really enjoyed basketball. That was my favorite sport. "
" For some reason the football coach of a major college program is seen as one of the leaders of the campus. And some way we have to let our young people know that that leader can look like anyone. "
" I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25 years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn't that way growing up. "
" I don't have the strength or wisdom to get through a single day without guidance and grace from God. "
" I enjoy talking to young people, and talking to people about helping young people. That part is not a chore. It's pretty fun, and something I like to do because I think it's important. "
" If people didn't know me and only knew my public persona, what I'd want them to know is everything that I do, I do for the Glory of Lord. Because of my Christian faith, that's who I am. I wasn't always that way, but I'm very proud that I am. "
" If someone needs help, I can offer advice. I'm not always right and people don't always listen. "
" If you're just saying, hey, I'm doing this. I'm working to make money. I'm working to increase my status. If that's all there is, I think you will find out that it's meaningless. "
" I got put into leadership roles very early in life from fifth grade, sixth grade. I always ended up being the quarterback or the leader of the sports teams, and it's kind of benefiting me now. "
" I guess I'm flattered that people think I can help get things done. "
" I had 10 to 12 close buddies who I played ball with all the way from elementary to high school. That is where I learned to compete. "
" I just don't think you pass on a great quarterback if you have the opportunity. If need be, you can trade it away. "
" I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games. "
" I know that not everybody gets to coach an NFL team, and I want to do that as well as I can all the time. That's my motivation. I want to help my players to be as good as they can be. "
" I know when I was an assistant coach and I started interviewing for head coaching jobs, I actually lost out on many jobs, several jobs, and the complaint that I got was, 'Well, he doesn't fit the mold of a head coach. He doesn't look the part. He's not gonna jump up and down. He's not going to scream.' "
" I learned from Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh that speed and explosiveness on defense is the way to build a team. Both are difficult for your opponent to assimilate in practice and then in games it is even harder to match. "
" I think I can always look back and say my mom and dad would have done this or suggested that in a particular situation. I just really feel blessed to have had them as parents. "
" I think I've got a responsibility to be home a little bit more, be available to my family a little bit more and do some things to help make our country better. I don't know what that is right now, but we'll see. "
" It's definitely harder being a dad than a coach. "
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