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Tony Dungy Ready For A Busy Saturday, Ending With Hall Of Fame Vote

Intro: Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy is once again among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Will Dungy see his induction come on Saturday night?


INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Dungy's schedule this Saturday isn't the typical relaxing day one might think a Hall of Fame finalist should have before finding out their induction fate.

When the sun begins to slowly show its face on Saturday morning, Dungy will join the rest of his NBC crew for a full dress rehearsal ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, where the network will host the pregame show.

After seven hours of crossing off every bullet point on the pregame show, Dungy will be picked up by a representative of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

They will then head to the Renaissance Hotel where Dungy will wait to learn whether not he has been inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

Last year, Dungy received a call to his hotel room but not the one with the answer he wanted to hear.

In typical Dungy fashion, the head coach was more worried about one of his former players taking the same type of call.

"You are disappointed, but I wanted to see Marvin Harrison go in," Dungy said earlier this week.

Even though neither received their gold jackets last year, Dungy generated quite the talk from the 46 writers voting on the candidates.

Perhaps the most convincing stat that carries Dungy's candidacy is his consistency through his 13 seasons as head coach (11 playoff appearances).

Dungy averaged 10.7 wins per season, a number no other coach in NFL history, with at least five years of coaching, has matched.

He was the first coach to beat all 32 NFL teams and is just one of three men to win a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach.

Taking a closer look at Dungy's numbers compared to some of the other great NFL coaches and you can see why the former Colts head man will once again have the room debating his resume.

"Tony provided an era of Colts football that will be remembered forever. It was one that culminated in the team's first World Championship in 36 years," Jim Irsay said.

"I remember how excited we were when we hired Tony as our head coach in 2002. We knew we were not only getting a great coach, but someone who had uncompromising integrity. Tony's coaching resume speaks for itself and he is absolutely deserving of a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Here's the **NFL’s full list of finalists** who could be getting the call to Canton (first-year eligible finalists denoted with an asterisk):

Morten Andersen, kicker (1982-2004, 2006-2007): Drafted in 1982, Andersen scored more than 90 points in each of 22 seasons and topped 100 points 14 times in his 25-year career. Andersen's best moment might have been a game-winning field goal in overtime to send the **Falcons** to **Super Bowl** XXXIII.

Jerome Bettis, running back (1993-2005): Bettis rushed for 1,000-plus yards eight times and ranked fifth all-time in career rushing yards at the time of his retirement. The running back affectionately known by fans as "The Bus" helped Pittsburgh to a **Super Bowl** XL title in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, before riding off into the sunset.

Tim Brown, wide receiver (1988-2004): The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner spent all but one season in Oakland, setting multiple franchise records and finishing with the second-highest total receiving yards in NFL history at the time of his retirement. Brown was an All-Pro choice as a kick returner in 1988 and as a wide receiver in 1997, and finished with 100 receiving touchdowns.

Don Coryell, head coach (1973-77, 1978-1986): An innovator who introduced a passing system decades ahead of its time, Coryell first brought the St. Louis **Cardinals** out of the doldrums, going 42-27-1 in five years. The coach then installed his "Air Coryell" offense after taking over the **San Diego Chargers** in 1978, amassing more than 24,000 yards from 1978 to 1983 and capturing three AFC Western Division crowns from 1979 to 1981.

Terrell Davis, running back (1995-2001): Once taken as an afterthought in a crowded backfield, Davis stormed into the starting lineup and led a ground game that powered the **Denver Broncos** to back-to-back **Super Bowl** titles in 1997 and 1998. Davis was a three-time All-Pro selection and 1998 NFL MVP before a knee injury cut his career short. He topped the 2,000-yard plateau in 1998.

Tony Dungy, head coach (1996-2008): Dungy took over a **Tampa Bay Buccaneers** franchise known only for perennial failure in 1996 and ushered in a turnaround that culminated in Tampa Bay's **Super Bowl** XXXVII victory a year after Dungy's departure. No matter for the coach, who moved on to Indianapolis, where he won **Super Bowl** XLI and finished with a career regular-season record of 139-69.

Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker (1985-1999): A three-time All-Pro, the former Ram posted double-digit sack totals 10 times. A member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of 1990s, he currently ranks third among all-time sack leaders with 160.

Charles Haley, defensive end/linebacker (1986-1996; 1999): Haley is the only player in NFL history to play on five winning **Super Bowl** teams, earning rings with the **Cowboys** and **49ers**. He has 100-plus sacks for his career.

Marvin Harrison, wide receiver (1996-2008): Teaming with **Peyton Manning**, Harrison posted eight consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons with 10 or more touchdowns. A six-time All-Pro, he shattered the record for receptions in a single season with 143 in 2002. He was a member of the **Colts** team that won **Super Bowl** XLI.

Jimmy Johnson, coach (1989-1993, 1996-1999): Johnson left the college ranks to take over the downtrodden **Cowboys** in 1989 and lead a turnaround that included two Super bowl titles in five seasons. After leaving Dallas, Johnson returned to the league in 1996 as head coach of the **Miami Dolphins**, and led the team to playoff berths in his final three seasons on the sideline.

John Lynch, safety (1993-2007): Lynch was an integral member of a historically great defense that led the 2002 Bucs to a **Super Bowl** title. A four-time All-Pro, he racked up over 1,000 tackles during his 15-year career.

* Orlando Pace, offensive tackle (1997-2009): The longtime St. Louis Ram earned five All-Pro nods and led an offensive line that blocked for three straight NFL MVPs. A member of the team that won **Super Bowl** XXXIV, he was one of the dominant tackles of his generation.

Bill Polian, contributor (1978-1982, 1984-2011): Polian spent more than three decades helping build franchises into dominant playoff teams, resulting in five **Super Bowl** appearances between the **Buffalo Bills** and **Indianapolis Colts**. Polian was also at the helm of the expansion **Carolina Panthers**, building a roster that made it to the NFC Championship in the franchise's second year of existence.

* Junior Seau, linebacker (1990-2009): Seau led the **San Diego Chargers** to their lone **Super Bowl** appearance in franchise history. An eight-time All-Pro, he was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.

Will Shields, guard (1993-2006): Shields was the definition of durability, playing 224 straight games from his rookie season until his retirement in 2006. The lineman was named first-team All-Pro three times, during which he blocked for an NFL-best scoring offense featuring running back Priest Holmes in 2002 and 2003.

Mick Tingelhoff, center (1962-1978): Signed as a free agent out of Nebraska in 1962, Tingelhoff earned the starting center position as a rookie and never relinquished it. The durable, seven-time All-NFL/All-Pro Tingelhoff anchored a **Vikings** offensive line that helped win 10 division titles from 1968 to 1978 and appeared in four **Super Bowl**s. He's the lone senior finalist for the Class of 2015.

* Kurt Warner, quarterback (1998-2009): A two-time NFL MVP, Warner led the **Rams** to their only **Super Bowl** championship in franchise history. He then led the **Arizona Cardinals** to their lone **Super Bowl** appearance, totaling three **Super Bowl** games for the two-time All-Pro. Warner entered the league as an undrafted free agent and owns the three highest passing yardage totals in **Super Bowl** history.

Ron Wolf, contributor (1963-1974, 1976-2001): Starting as a scout for Oakland in 1963, Wolf made a lasting mark as player personnel director, building **Raiders** teams that won nine division titles and appeared in three **Super Bowl**s. Wolf later moved on to Green Bay, where he assembled a roster that claimed three straight NFC Central division titles and won **Super Bowl** XXXI. He's viewed as one of the best talent evaluators in NFL history.

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