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Dungy will lead new Player Advisory Forum

Former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, whose name undoubtedly will continue to surface from time to time for NFL jobs, has taken a new NFL job.

But not the kind of job for which his name will continue to surface.

The league has announced that Dungy will lead a new Player Advisory Forum, which will involve a regular series of meetings in NFL cities with current players.

It’s an evolution of the Player Advisory Council, which Commissioner Roger Goodell launched in 2006.

The Player Advisory Forum is aimed at providing input to Goodell on policies, programs, and other issues that affect the lives of players on and off the field, such as health and safety, personal conduct, game rules and procedures, career transition, and player development.

“Players
continue to be an invaluable resource in providing direction and insight into a
wide range of programs and policies,” Goodell said in a release.  “Tony’s experience and expertise in working with players makes him
an ideal leader of the Player Advisory Forum and we appreciate his willingness
to take on this important role.”

Dungy will
organize the meetings, identify the player attendees, and develop a list of
topics for discussion.  Goodell will attend the meetings and the
NFL Players Association has been invited to send a representative.

Look for the NFLPA to accept the invitation, given that this program is being launched at a time when the union collectively is telling the league what the players want.  Absent union representation, there’s a chance that the players who participate in the meetings will stray off message.

And some might wonder whether the league is expanding the program now as a subtle way of softening the players’ willingness to vote “no” on the last, best offer that the owners eventually make on a new labor deal.  Regardless of the motivation, the willingness of the league to listen to the players is nothing but good — and good communications go a long way toward achieving and maintaining labor peace.  And that’s a positive for the league, the players, and those of us who follow the sport.

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18 Responses to “Dungy will lead new Player Advisory Forum”
  1. jsbmore says: Nov 19, 2009 10:52 AM

    I realize you guys use a wiziwig editor to post your articles. Maybe you should consider matching the font for the content you copy and paste, to at least look like you’re providng your own summation of the leagues now forum.
    Shotty journalism.

  2. ZombieRevolution says: Nov 19, 2009 11:01 AM

    Wow- is this a Florio exclusive story and quotes? Unlike 90% of what is posted on PFT, this is not attributed to another writer or linked to any other source.
    Nice scoop Mike!

  3. hayward giablommi says: Nov 19, 2009 11:10 AM

    Wasn’t One and Dungy retiring to spend more time with his family, or to commit more time to promoting homophobia, er, embracing his Christian faith?
    This guy is continues to prove that he is a narcissistic phony on the level of Lord Favre.
    Please, go away, O humble man of faith, and take your ‘quiet strength’ with you..

  4. zkdoom says: Nov 19, 2009 11:20 AM

    I think the word you were looking for is “shoddy.”
    As in, “It’s awfully shoddy to make a post criticizing journalistic values when you can’t even spell.”

  5. olcap says: Nov 19, 2009 11:21 AM

    This is Dungy’s reward for being a good gumba and agreeing to be head cheerleader for Michael Vick.

  6. Pestilence1972 says: Nov 19, 2009 11:24 AM

    Dungy’s name has really started to get propagated by the Minnesota Gopher fan base as a hopeful candidate for the football program that is currently run by Tim Brewster. Couldn’t think of a better fit for a community that fully embraced similar personalities like Bud Grant and Tom Kelly. Oh, and he played for the Gophers.

  7. TrueFan says: Nov 19, 2009 12:03 PM

    Hey “jsbmore”
    Couldn’t help but respond to the meaningless criticisms you added to this site. I guess I’m just so tired of having to wade through 50,000 complaints about the site and the owner to see anyone actually commenting on the actual football post.
    Two things:
    1) The acronym is “WYSIWYG” not “wiziwig”
    2) The word you wanted is “ShoDDy” not “shotty”
    Your POST was “shoddy”

  8. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 19, 2009 12:10 PM

    didn’t dungy say vick could still play?

  9. TrueFan says: Nov 19, 2009 12:11 PM

    hayward giablommi -
    Please produce just ONE comment Tony Dungy EVER made about homosexuality. EVER.
    Before you bring your biases and HATE regarding the Christian faith forward, please re-inspect the details of it, not the liberal PORTRAYAL of it.
    You spend too much time listening to Keith Olberman apparently.
    Nobody in the true Christian faith is “AFRAID” of homosexuality. They simply believe that homosexual sex is wrong because the Bible teaches that, and the believe the Bible to have been inspired by God.
    It’s those that PROMOTE homosexual sex for their own freedom and moral license that decided they wanted to say that it was a “phobia” because that effectively impugns any position of presenting it as morally or spiritually wrong.
    Nice try.
    Go back to the SEX forums and stay off this one please.

  10. Whiskeytangofoxtrot says: Nov 19, 2009 12:25 PM

    Dungy lost all credibility with me when he took up the Vick cause. He he wanted to help Mike, that’s fine. But helping him get back into the NFL was a travesty. He should have helped him land a job driving a truck for the Salvation Army, or making cheesesteaks at Pat’s. He does not deserve to be back in the NFL, and is doing SQUAT to earn his fat paycheck.

  11. ZombieRevolution says: Nov 19, 2009 12:28 PM

    TrueFan says- I’m another of those that actually hold PFT’s feet to the fire because of the quality and professionalism of its work. Heck- most of us are secretly jealous of Florio’s well earned success. But we also see how unprofessional and disingenuous some of his submissions are. PFT will often call out players, coaches, agents, NFL admin, and so on for errors, large and small. Yet, this site, with its paid professional writers is no stranger to mistakes and horrific unprofessionalism. This site, which is so good at pointing out others mistakes, often glosses over its own errors, some of which are large and some of which a novice in journalism should not make.
    Florio gains a great deal in letting people reply to his submission- the price happily pays for is when people point out his frequent errors- substantive or not. It keeps the PFT ego in check, which at times quite large.

  12. hayward giablommi says: Nov 19, 2009 12:48 PM

    @ TrueFan
    He is smart enough to not make overtly anti-gay comments in the press, but his appearance on Bob Costas a year or two again clearly displayed that he would have a problem with it. And then there was his being honored by the Indiana Family Institute, “one of the more vehemently anti-gay groups in the country.”
    http://deadspin.com/232440/tony-dungys-rabid-fan-base
    “Before you bring your biases and HATE regarding the Christian faith forward, please re-inspect the details of it, not the liberal PORTRAYAL of it.”
    ^^^^^
    Actually, I couldn’t care less about one religion or another. Just like I couldn’t care less about what someone does behind closed doors. Apathy does not equal antipathy. Stay true to your imaginary deity and keep doing what your doing, just keep it out of my life, thanks.
    “Go back to the SEX forums and stay off this one please.”
    ^^^^^
    This is the one and only forum I post on. Stick to the issue and leave misguided the ad hominem attacks out of this, thanks again.

  13. hayward giablommi says: Nov 19, 2009 12:52 PM

    Whiskeytangofoxtrot
    Rating: 5/5

  14. bearsrule says: Nov 19, 2009 1:08 PM

    # hayward giablommi says: November 19, 2009 11:10 AM
    Wasn’t One and Dungy retiring to spend more time with his family, or to commit more time to promoting homophobia, er, embracing his Christian faith?
    This guy is continues to prove that he is a narcissistic phony on the level of Lord Favre.
    Please, go away, O humble man of faith, and take your ‘quiet strength’ with you..
    Criticizing the Mahatma is dangerous. But, I agree. Enough of this guy.

  15. Unnamed Source says: Nov 19, 2009 2:28 PM

    I guess retiring to spend time with the family was overrated. Championing dog killers and whiny millionaires is the ticket

  16. kappa08 says: Nov 19, 2009 3:47 PM

    …why does this feel lame…are you for real Tony…THIS is what you really want to do?

  17. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 19, 2009 5:31 PM

    It sounds to me like he’s going to help young black players adjust to having fortune and fame.
    It couldn’t hurt, I guess.

  18. matt Russell says: Nov 19, 2009 9:12 PM

    @hayward
    so b/c a group that is anti-gay as one of their points wanted to honor the guy at a fundraiser he becomes a homophobe?
    why do you have to stir up trouble? did someone take you to church and everyone was mean to you? what are you so angry about? did you get beat up by a christian one time or something? You’re probably so open-minded that you’re closed-minded about people that aren’t as liberal as you.

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