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Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening remarks)            “Well, I always say it’s fun to come in on Mondays and talk about wins, and this is one of the most fun ones I’ve ever had.  As I said last night, I couldn’t be more proud of our team.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening remarks)           

"Well, I always say it's fun to come in on Mondays and talk about wins, and this is one of the most fun ones I've ever had.  As I said last night, I couldn't be more proud of our team.  That's obviously not easy to do the way we did it, falling behind to a team like New England that had so many veterans and is so experienced.  To get down three scores is difficult, but we hung in there.  I thought we kept our composure.  In the past, when we've gotten down, that's kind of how the two playoff games up there went, we got behind and we tried to make things happen a little too fast.  Yesterday we just really continued to play our game and we were fortunate we were the beneficiaries on a couple of critical penalties by them.  We kept the score close, and as long as we were close, once we got back to the one score in the third quarter, then we were able to play.  It was just a wonderful evening, a great way to win it and a really, really great team effort."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he has spoken to Lovie Smith yet)   

"I have talked to Lovie this morning.  He left me a message last night.  He watched the end of our game after theirs was over.  I talked to him this morning and obviously (we are) both very excited about what our teams were able to do and looking forward to next week."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if breaking through to the Super Bowl as an African-American coach was on his agenda)       

"It really was.  I'm just honored to be in this position, number one.  Number two, it makes me think about the guys who were in the league when I came in.  I came in in 1981 and there were less than 15 African-American assistant coaches at that time.  But there were some good guys, some guys who were exceptional and never really got a chance to do what Lovie and I have gotten a chance to do.  So you think about those guys; I think about Sherman Lewis and Jimmy Raye and Earnel Durden and Lionel Taylor, guys like that who could have taken a team to a Super Bowl but didn't get the opportunity.  So we feel like we've been blessed and have gotten that.  I think about my generation of kids who watched Super Bowls and never really saw African-American coaches and didn't maybe necessarily think about the fact that you could be the coach.  You could be a player, couldn't necessarily be the quarterback, and then we saw Doug Williams play and win, and I think guys a little bit younger than me all of a sudden felt like they could be the quarterback.  What we're seeing now, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick and guys like that because of what Doug did.  And hopefully, young kids now will say, 'Hey, I might be the coach one day.'  So that's special.  That's special and that's something that I thought about when I was an assistant and when I got the head job at Tampa.  It's something you want to do.  It was important to me to get some guys into the pipeline and I'm very, very proud that I was able to hire Herm (Edwards) and hire Lovie (Smith) and hire Mike Tomlin, and those guys are going to have a chance to do it also.  So that's important.  But I think even more important than that to me, and I mentioned it last night, I know the type of person Lovie is, and Lovie has the same Christian convictions that I have.  He runs his team the same way.  I know how those guys are treated in Chicago and how they play tough, disciplined football even though there's not a lot of profanity from the coaches, there's none of the 'win-at-all-costs' atmosphere.  And I think for two guys to show that you can win that way, I think that's just a

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