TAMPA — Tony Dungy helped turn the Buccaneers into contenders.
Then he led the Colts to a Super Bowl.
These days, the NFL Hall of Famer talks football on TV and still makes his home in Tampa.
Few could have predicted a year ago Tom Brady would have led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl.
“Hard to believe, but that’s football in this day and age. It’s been a great year. A great year for the Bucs.”
Dungy has now lived in Tampa for 25 years. And he says he continues to love it here.
His family has grown too, with him and his wife Lauren adopting 7 kids.
Despite all those years where Tom Brady’s Patriots were rivals with Dungy’s Colts, he says all his boys are rooting for #12.
“As a matter of fact, my son Jordan has a Brady jersey. Tom signed it and sent it to him. He’ll be sporting that one Sunday.”
The NFL has pushed through to get to this point during the pandemic.
And Dungy says it’s been a tough year for Tampa to host a Super Bowl.
“I feel sorry for the host committee. All the work they’ve put into it. Not to be able to show everything. Tampa is a great place to have any type of event. They’ve done a wonderful job considering the circumstances.”
Unlike past years, Dungy doesn’t have to worry about anything but having a good time.
“I’m having fun. I don’t have work. My job with NBC is already finished. I’ve coached in Kansas City for three years. Then of course being in Tampa all these years, living here. It’s going to be a great week for me. I’m just enjoying it and soaking it up.”
Dungy originally said he planned on watching the Super Bowl at home.
But now he says his kids really want to go to the game, so he might end up there after all.