Former University of Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, '78 BSB, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6. He will be the seventh former Gopher enshrined.
Dungy played for the Gophers from 1973-76 and was the team captain in 1976. He was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named Minnesota's MVP in 1975 and 1976. He also was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
After his collegiate career, Dungy signed with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played safety for two seasons. In 1978, he intercepted six passes, second-best in the AFC, and helped the Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII.
Dungy was an assistant coach with the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings before being named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 1996 season. Dungy coached the Buccaneers until 2001 and led Tampa Bay to the 1999 NFC championship game.
After his time in Tampa Bay, Dungy was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-08. He led the Colts to their first Super Bowl title in 2007. He's one of three people who have won a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach.