Tony Dungy says, if he were Reggie Bush, he'd give back the Heisman

On Wednesday, Saints running back Reggie Bush ran circles around the media the way he used to confound defensive backs from outmanned Pac-10 schools and/or Fresno State.

Regarding the 2005 Heisman Trophy, he wouldn’t say whether he has met with the members of the Heisman Trophy Trust (he reportedly has), and he cited the Trust’s statement that the Yahoo! Sports report regarding the eventual rescission of his award was inaccurate (we think the report was accurate).  More importantly, Bush continues to act as if he has no control over the process.

“At this point it’s kind of out of my hands,” he said, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. 

But it’s not.  He can still determine the outcome.  He supposedly told USC A.D. Pat Haden that Bush would give back the Heisman “if he could.”  But he can.  And Tony Dungy of NBC’s Football Night in America thinks he should.

“If I’m Reggie Bush, I’d give back the trophy,” Dungy told Dan Patrick on Friday.  But Dungy added a caveat.  Dungy says he’d also say, “‘You know what?  I was the best player in college football.  You know that and I know that.  Regardless of what may or may not have happened off the field, I was the best player.  So, here, you take the trophy but you won’t take the memories.”

Dungy’s right.  But that same attitude applies to anyone who has titles or wins or awards stripped after the fact by a governing body that moves more slowly than molasses on a cold day.  The memories always will remain, however tarnished they may be.

The bigger question is whether Bush really should give it back.  Setting aside the reality that college football players deserve far more compensation for the risks they take and the sacrifices they make than “an education,” the NCAA has deemed that Bush wasn’t eligible to play college football in the year he won the award as the best college football player.  So the Heisman Trophy has to be taken back — and he could score some major points with the fans and the media by acknowledging that he took money from prospective agents, that he didn’t intend to pay back the prospective agents from whom he took money and then didn’t hire, that his failure to settle their legal claims opened up a can of worms that resulted in major sanctions being imposed against USC, and that the right thing to do is give back the trophy.

Perhaps Reggie believes he can’t give back the trophy because he realizes that, by doing so, he’d essentially be admitting to single-handedly bringing the USC football program to its knees, all because of greed and stubbornness. 

166 responses to “Tony Dungy says, if he were Reggie Bush, he'd give back the Heisman

  1. Enough of this goodie-too-shoes already!!!
    Why does anyone continue to care this two-bit former-coach (who could only win with Peyton Manning as his QB)???
    Maybe he should have spent more time with his son instead of being the ombudsman for the NFL!!!

  2. tony dungy called me up this morning and told me to stop leaving my towels on the bathroom floor….he hangs his towel up neatly after every use.

  3. And then Bush fired back that if he were Dungy he’d admit he’s a big blow hard fag and can’t raise kids that don’t want to off themselves….worry about your own house first Dungy you douche! They need to get this guy off my TV and keep him off my TV! Tivo needs to come out with a Dungy filtering system.

  4. Please Tony please. Most of us agree with you on this – but your continued finger-wagging and ‘I would do this and never do that’ act is just about run it’s course. Thank you for chiming in, but we all knew what you would have done if you were Bush. I think you’re ready to coach again, you have too much time on your hands obviously.

  5. cacaw410 says:
    September 9, 2010 12:46 PM
    tony dungy called me up this morning and told me to stop leaving my towels on the bathroom floor….he hangs his towel up neatly after every use.
    Best post all day!..thanks for the laugh.

  6. Let me start by saying that I like Tony Dungy, however I don’t feel like he needs to give his opinion on every “moral” subject reguarding football. It’s nice that he is a good Christian, but he has no right to cast judgement on Bush, Big Ben, Rex Ryan, etc. “Let you amoung you who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  7. Damn, does Tony Dungy have to offer his opinion on EVERYTHING?? The answer is not to take away his Heisman Trophy. What happened at USC off the field, has no bearing on how he played on the field. Seriously, let it go and lets move forward onto something more relevant on PRO FOOTBALL TALK.com. I believe their is a season of football starting tonight or something.

  8. Bush’s parents are even more greedy, selfish and just plain stupid by allowing this to occur. They all conspired to defraud these ‘agents’ and its obvious that agents dont “LURE” innocent players…..in fact, the opposite is true. Agents would prefer to play on even ground but players demand to be paid and STILL end up screwing the agent–NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

  9. No one cares what Tony Dungy thinks! I’m so tired of this guy commenting on what everyone is doing in their lives.
    Tony Dungy was a good coach, he’s a good person, but seriously – I’m tired of this!
    Now that he’s a commentator, I think he should spend a little less time on what other people are doing and more time on not being so awkward on television.
    Stick a sock in it!

  10. HEY!! What the heck is going on around here?
    Its past lunch and there is no Fat Albert and no Farve posts yet?
    WTF?!?!

  11. “college football players deserve far more compensation for the risks they take and the sacrifices they make than “an education””
    ————–
    Uh, really? They’re getting for free what other people pay $30-40k a year for. To play a game. They should collect paychecks, too?

  12. # CT_Bob says: September 9, 2010 12:45 PM
    Enough of this goodie-too-shoes already!!!
    Why does anyone continue to care this two-bit former-coach (who could only win with Peyton Manning as his QB)???
    Maybe he should have spent more time with his son instead of being the ombudsman for the NFL!!!
    ____________________________________
    That is the most offensive post I’ve seen on here, and that’s saying something.
    You don’t make wise cracks about someone’s son or daughter committing suicide, period.
    IMO, Dungy needs to keep his thoughts to himself on all these ongoing NFL issues, but to say that about someone is just awful.

  13. Is anyone else getting tired of hearing Tony Dungy give his self righteous opinion about everything? Enough is enough he just needs to keep his opinion to himself. I dont disagree with him in this case its just Im tired of hearing him.
    He needs to focus on talking about football and not about everything else. Give us analyst about a game or a player and leave all your opinionated 1920’s esq rhetoric to yourself.

  14. CT_Bob says “Maybe he should have spent more time with his son instead of being the ombudsman for the NFL!!”
    low blow man your a wanker

  15. I still don’t understand why it’s wrong for a college student/athlete to make money off their own athletic skill.
    The college makes tons of money off these players/students.
    So why is it wrong for the students to make money off themselves?
    Give me a legit answer to that and I’ll debate it. But until that’s answered, Reggie should keep his trophy.
    He didn’t BUY the trophy, he earned it.

  16. tony, reggie will eventually give it back when they show up feds, sherriffs, at his house to come get itlololoollolol

  17. If I were Tony Dungy, I’d call myself out on the carpet for overhyping my old team’s chances in the Super Bowl before everyone else does it.

  18. Glad to see others are as sick of this routine as I am. Congratulations Tony, you are officially way better than everyone. Especially when it’s looking back at a situation instead of having a vested interest at the time something happens. Hindsight is 20/20 my friend.

  19. I was going to start bashing Dungy for stealing a Superbowl ring and comment on how annoying it has become that he is the moral police; however, it appears I am not alone.
    Instead, I’m just gonna say ditto to the above comments.

  20. Dungy’s self righteousness will come back to bite him if he isnt careful. nothing worse than someone who is always looking down their nose at you telling you how to live your life. you end up having your own life looked at and then picked apart.

  21. Dungy needs to get off his high horse and come back down to reality and how things really are. If I was Bush I would tell Dungy to kick rocks!

  22. Tony Dungy really needs to shut up.. He seriously looks like Skelator and everytime I see him i think “By the power of Grey Skull”.. He’s not jesus he’s not the righteous one.. So hey Tony.. STFU

  23. rhymenosaurus says:
    September 9, 2010 12:45 PM
    Can we fast forward to a time when Tony Dungy is no longer the league’s moral compass?
    Could not have said it any better.

  24. Why the hell do college players need compensation? Many of them are getting a free $100,000-200,000 education…

  25. If he was Reggie Bush he’d have 5 kids by 5 women and starting for the Jets.
    (Rex Ryan just said f**k)

  26. But if he were Reggie Bush he’d be a self centered guy that feels above the rules and thus wouldn’t want to give it back.

  27. Tony Dungy needs to quit acting like he’s Jiminy Cricket for everyone. You’d give it back? Congratulations. The money Bush and fam took had nothing to do with winning the Heisman.

  28. Tony also said that he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan cause he uses too many F-Bombs. I happen to like F-Bombs and I like Rex Ryan, and I like Vicky Vallencourt and she likes me back..and she showed me her boobies and I like them too!!!

  29. I knew the Dungy haters would line up, so I figured I’d supply some logic:
    1. Every SB winning head coach had AT LEAST one HOF player. Coughlin had Strahan, Belichick has Brady, Cowher had Polamalu, Gruden had Sapp and Brooks. Sean Payton has Brees. I could go on and on…
    So that’s stupid to criticize Dungy for having Peyton.
    2. Coach Dungy is not “the moral compass” of the NFL. He gets paid for his opinions. Are you idiots jealous that no one pays you for you asinine opinions?
    3. Coach Dungy is right. Bush is the Heisman trophy winner in our minds, anyway. I don’t think about UNLV or the Fab Five as “inelgible” in my mind. I remember them as beasts.
    Sissies…

  30. “…that his failure to settle their legal claims opened up a can of worms that resulted in major sanctions being imposed against USC, and that the right thing to do is give back the trophy.”
    The right thing to do would have been to pay back the money to the agents. That way, no one would have found out & he could have avoided getting ‘debacled’ by the media.
    Also, that part where Tony Dingy says “but you can’t take away the memories” is true. He was an unstoppable force at USC. Tony should have also mentioned that you can’t take away the stats, either.

  31. And Reggie Bush says that if he were Tony Dungy he would have spent more time with his son instead of making his job more important than a kid who obviously had some serious issues and needed help.
    It took a worse coach then Dungy (Lovie Smith) for him to finally get a ring.
    Shut up and go away already.

  32. Am I the only one that is sick and tired of Dungy chiming in on everything with his high moral ground. Didn’t this guy retire?

  33. Does anyone but Mike Florio give a damn about what Tony Dungy thinks about anything? If he wasn’t on NBC’s payroll you’d never see him mentioned.

  34. @cacaw410
    Lmao I love that. I wish we could start an entire thread of just What Would Tony Do scenarios. He really needs to shut his mouth already he has no connection to Reggie Bush at all, so he should not be putting his two cents into this. NOBODY CARES

  35. Wow!
    I don’t know where I would be in life if the NFL Moral Compass did not way in.
    Again I will ask… WHO THE HELL IS TONY DUNGEE TO BE SPOUTING MORAL DOGMA FOR NFL PLAYERS?

  36. 1. Every SB winning head coach had AT LEAST one HOF player. Coughlin had Strahan, Belichick has Brady, Cowher had Polamalu, Gruden had Sapp and Brooks. Sean Payton has Brees. I could go on and on…
    Which one of these are hall of famers again?? If you could “go on and on”, please use actual HOFers. Not current superstars and recent retirees.

  37. Maybe Peyton Manning should give his Super Bowl MVP back to Rex Grossman since he was the reason the Colt’s won.

  38. The worst part of having your computer reaired?
    Having to read about Saint Tonys opinions.
    How long before people start buying WWTD bumper stickers?

  39. @PhillyHouse
    Tony Dungay says “If he were PhillyHouse, he would agree with all the post calling him a Moral Compass”

  40. Patrian says: September 9, 2010 1:03 PM
    Why the hell do college players need compensation? Many of them are getting a free $100,000-200,000 education…
    —————————-
    Because between practice and class, they have ZERO time to work. They still need to eat and relax don’t they? They need a car don’t they? They all have cell phones, don’t they? That stuff isn’t free and if the stipulation of your ‘free’ education is that you play football every hour you’re not in class, how do you survive?
    And lets be honest, they’re not getting a $100K education. Have you heard half of these nudniks? They can barely speak English, let alone get on in the real world.

  41. But Tony how can you say that? He’s black…I thought you stuck up for ALL black athletes no matter how much of a social misfit they are. Reggie should have killed a couple of dog during his USC days, that would have brought Tony around.

  42. I’m really tired of Dungy trying to inject his opinions on matters that don’t concern him. Especially this one.
    This is somewhat similar to the AJ Green thing that happened recently. So Reggie Bush took money… so what? How much money did USC make off of Reggie Bush? How about the NCAA? They’re basically using KIDS to get to their big paydays, and when these kids try to get something for themselves, them, the school, and their teammates are punished for it.
    When you’re young, and someone wags a wad a cash in your face while your family is damn near destitute… you’re going to honestly tell me you’re not going to take the cash? F*ck that, I would. Especially as a player who makes the school and the NCAA milllions of dollars for a 3-4 year stretch.

  43. # TheRedBengal says: September 9, 2010 1:04 PM
    Tony Dungy needs to quit acting like he’s Jiminy Cricket for everyone. You’d give it back? Congratulations. The money Bush and fam took had nothing to do with winning the Heisman.
    ——————————-
    Actually it did because by accepting the money, he was ruled ineligible.. In order to win the Heisman, you have to be eligible..
    You’re welcome..

  44. What’s truly baffling is the clout that Mr. Dungy seems to have in gauging what ‘the right thing to do’ may be.
    Or why football ‘journalists’ seem to feel the need to consult his opinion regarding a troubled player.
    Would have found this much more interesting if he’d have just said who cares….

  45. Tony Dungy was never saying anything when he was still part of the league, now he’s got an opinion on EVERYTHING!

  46. I think Tony Dungy should give back his 2002 Father of the Year Award.
    Hey Tony – Those who live in glass houses… you know what i’m sayin!

  47. Rev Dungy you do not have to comment on everything ,ok i have a question rev. I have 2 jobs and can barely pay my bills what am i doing wrong? Rev what should i do?

  48. Why doesnt Dungy give back the super bowl ring he stole when the Colts pumped in fake crowd noise when the opposing teams were running their offenses?

  49. Dungy is a “Duche”. College players are already getting paid, Leinart’s apartment, Couche’s sandwich; I know Clarrett from Ohio state isn’t the best source but Clarrett stated him and several others were given items. These are kids handed stuff for increasing the popularity of a school through sports. Admission increases somewhat due to this, why not pay them. If one gets a career injury their tossed to the curb and forgotten about, oh thanks for helping admission increase have a nice life, no degree or career in tow. The whole NCAA sports rules on player reembursment blows.

  50. Bringing the Pain says:
    September 9, 2010 1:05 PM
    “Tony also said that he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan cause he uses too many F-Bombs. I happen to like F-Bombs and I like Rex Ryan, and I like Vicky Vallencourt and she likes me back..and she showed me her boobies and I like them too!!!”
    ————————–
    Yes, but did Rex Ryan show you his boobies, and do you like them?
    And, as for Tony Dungy, the sight of him and sound of his voice are like nails on a chalkboard to me. My hand couldn’t move fast enough to change the channel when I heard him on Patrick this AM on the way to work. Look at all the comments here. Nobody cares what he thinks.

  51. i am tired of this talking head! since when did dungy stand for tall that is good and right in the nfl and the world? how gave him the power to play judge jury and executioner?
    as said before tony tend to your own garden beofore tending to that of others

  52. Tony Dungy needs to stfu already.
    He needs to stop being this “football advice guy” for everyone in the league.
    Enough with the attitude towards Rex for cursing, enough with judging players’ off the field actions, and stop telling people that Reggie should “give back the heisman” – why is it his place to be the morality police for the NFL?
    Ugh.

  53. You people need to leave his kid out of this. No one knows the truth so lay that issue to rest.

  54. Dungy is a twirp. He needs a blanket party.
    Stay outta other peoples biz. Its not like hes a fan or blogging on a sports site, hes a retired coach who can now only make himself relevant by poking his nose in anything that has the oppourtunity of getting him in the spotlight.
    Freakin self absorbed attention seeker.

  55. purplescar says:
    September 9, 2010 12:55 PM
    CT_Bob says “Maybe he should have spent more time with his son instead of being the ombudsman for the NFL!!”
    low blow man your a wanker
    ————————————————————————
    Well, this is what Dungy can expect. If he’s going to give his opinion on other people’s lives, then he is fair game. Right or not, it is what it is. I hope he reads all these comments and then learns to shut his mouth!
    It’s not like what CT Bob is saying isn’t true. It is true and I hope someone reminds Dungy of this EVERY SINGLE DAY until he shuts up!

  56. Dungy fits in well with the NFL’s propaganda machine … er, Goodell’s “messaging strategy” … see also these “Fan Forums” on NFLN.
    Nice work, corporate communications people!

  57. In a related story Dungy said, “If I’m Reggie Bush, I’m probably getting laid a whole lot more often…..”

  58. actually bob is right. and dungy’s son had a virulently racist myspace page. i guess that’s ok, however.
    but i do agree with dungy on this one. bush ought to hand it back.
    ego and fear of lawsuits will keep him from doing so.

  59. Dungy said it all right here as the reason Bush should NOT give back the trophy…..”Dungy says he’d also say, “‘You know what? I was the best player in college football. You know that and I know that. Regardless of what may or may not have happened off the field, I was the best player.”
    Money (or free rent) that Bush and family did or didn’t take had absolutely no bearing on what he did on the football field. No one can dispute that!

  60. Wow, stupidity abounds.
    I think it’s hilarious how you guys tell Dungy to stop giving his viewpoints, as if he’s calling up reporters just to offer his opinion out of the blue.
    He’s ASKED. People ask his opinion about certain topics regarding the NFL, and as a paid analyst, he ANSWERS the question.
    Man, I certainly have views on a lot of things that are contrary to Dungy’s perspective, but to respond the way some do just looks pathetic and as if you’re defensive because you feel inadequate.
    “Aw, I don’t like a person who judges” – If you truly don’t think anything is wrong with what you’re doing, it wouldn’t bother you.

  61. If I were Reggie Bush, I would tell Tony Dungy to mind his F’n business, and go preach to someone. What happened to his quiet strength!? He talks more for a quiet guy than anyone I have seen!

  62. @spartyfi
    I know you thought you were making a witty comment, but you just come across as a massive dick. Keep your stupid comments to yourself and have some respect, asshole

  63. Route36West says:
    September 9, 2010 12:54 PM
    Is anyone else getting tired of hearing Tony Dungy give his self righteous opinion about everything? Enough is enough he just needs to keep his opinion to himself. I dont disagree with him in this case its just Im tired of hearing him.
    He needs to focus on talking about football and not about everything else. Give us analyst about a game or a player and leave all your opinionated 1920’s esq rhetoric to yourself.
    __-Route36West says:
    September 9, 2010 12:54 PM
    Is anyone else getting tired of hearing Tony Dungy give his self righteous opinion about everything? Enough is enough he just needs to keep his opinion to himself. I dont disagree with him in this case its just Im tired of hearing him.
    He needs to focus on talking about football and not about everything else. Give us analyst about a game or a player and leave all your opinionated 1920’s esq rhetoric to yourself.
    ———————————————————
    i agree completely, if Tony would spend just as much time talking about his opinion of the rapid landscape takeover of the 3/4 defense as opposed to the 4/3 and more specifically the tampa 2, my ears would perk up, because his opinion would be a worthy one on that subject.
    but here’s the thing we are all missing. it’s one thing to complain about him spouting off on these subjects, but you are all forgetting one important factor, his comments are merely answers to questions asked. it’s not like he is calling a press conference each time something controversial comes up to offer his take on it, someone has been asking him these things, probably dan patrick but i am not completely sure. maybe the complaint should more accurately be, QUIT ASKING TONY DUNGY FOR HIS OPINIONS SO WE DON’T HAVE TO HEAR THEM!!!

  64. No, Dungy’s kid is not off limits.
    The kid needed help and Tony’s answer was to set him up in his own apartment all alone and he expected prayer to fix the problems.
    He was more worried about his players than his own son.
    When you fail on that kind of epic scale then you really need to stop telling everyone else under the Sun how to live their life.
    You do not earned some kind of pass because of your own shortcomings as a father.
    You want to make a difference?
    Then adopt a kid who is in a really bad situation and then pay a lot closer attention to him this time around Tony.

  65. i should have read the article, then i wouldn’t have had to assume it was dan patrick, i would have known for sure, i just wanted to be entertained by the responses.

  66. Hey Trsean, He is welcome to say that is none of my business when he is asked to give his high and mighty opinion. So F him.

  67. trsean says:
    September 9, 2010 1:42 PM
    “He’s ASKED. People ask his opinion about certain topics regarding the NFL, and as a paid analyst, he ANSWERS the question.”
    ———————-
    All true, and what I’m saying is STOP ASKING HIM because he’s a poor analyst, whose only apparent personality trait is a smug sense of self-righteous superiority.

  68. do you simpletons really think he calls up and volunteers these answers? its called journalism and when someone agrees to an interview, there’s an assumption that the questions asked will be answered. that being said, why does it offend some of you so much that someone’s actually interested in his opinion? here’s the reality, media outlets call him for his opinions, perhaps there’s a reason none of you have been contacted?

  69. How is Dungy an “expert” analyst does he have a superbowl ring, or was he ever considered the best college player or even in conversation as one of the best? All he’s known for as a player is picking up a fumble, hell a blind squirrel can find a nut. STFU Dungy you don’t know squat…..

  70. Was wondering how long it would take for the “morale Police” officer of football to put in his 2 cents. I use to like and respect Dungy but I’m tired of him haivng an opinion on every moral issue in the NFL. I wish he could just let one go with out passing judgement.

  71. Why should he. For taking money and a house for your parents? If I grew up with nothing I would have done the same thing. Colleges make millions on these kids, they should pay them. I don’t care about your education is free, they only go to college because they can’t go right to the NFL. Most of these star players know that there going pro asap, so just pay them and stop with all of this foolishness. Oh and Dungy sucks, as a coach and a dad. Mind your own matters, then maybe your son would still be alive.

  72. Reggie Bush cares about Tony Dungy’s opinion as much as all of us do. why they continue to put this guy on TV is beyond me. I have an idea why, but I wont go there. We call can spot it a mile away anyway.
    Tony Dungy is gaining ground quickly on Brett Favre as the NFL person I really wish would relocate to Antarctica. He can ride out of here on the high horse he came in on.
    Losers like Mike Vick go running to Dungy when they pretend to need some kind of moral guidance. Reggie Bush is his own man, and would probably hang the phone up on Dungy if he called looking to give some phony spiritual guidance

  73. Tony Dungy falls on his face in Tampa for a decade and rides Peytons coat tails to a Super Bowl and now everyone listens to his feminine voice likes its the voice of God? He doesnt need to whisper sweet nothings on every single subject… especially while hes hiding from the sidelines coddling criminals.

  74. Say what you want about Bush as a person or his play with the Saints. I watched every one of his games as a Trojan and he was far and away THE BEST PLAYER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL for two solid years, and deserved the award. I watched the games primarily just to see what he would do next.
    Given all the other shitheads that keep their awards, and the FACT that they’ve all kept them, he should keep his.
    Dungy chooses to deny reality. Hey, Tony, people swear and college stars take money from agents.
    I wish Reggie had just paid these slimy bastards off, like the rest of the college guys do once they go pro.

  75. What is Tony Dungy’s son’s favorite TV show?……. Hangin with Mr Cooper (heyooooo!!!!!!) What is Tony Dungy’s son’s favorite song?…… Hangin Tough (heyooooo!!!)
    Hey Tony, you are a petty little man with a lisp…. mind your own damn business!

  76. Oh… man, I just saw the posts above regarding Dungy (who definitely needs to get off his high horse) spending more time with his son.
    That is just wrong. You guys (now I’m on my high horse) should be ashamed of yourself for posting that.

  77. Reggie hates to give back the trophy since it worked so well as a butt plug for Kim Kardashian, but you can’t take away the memories.

  78. If Tony were as holy as he seems to think he is, he’d be off helping poor kids in Haiti, Botswana, Mississippi or some other third world place rather than raking in 7 figures to pontificate on the NFL. When he quit, wasn’t the story that he had other more important things to do with his life? The impression was that he was going to be a missionary or something.

  79. Add Tony Dungy to the list of people I hate. Nobody needs you as the morality police, Dungy. If you’re so high and mighty, then why did your son kill himself? Must have had something to do with neglect or something you did. Why don’t you use your time to judge yourself and not project out into the rest of the NFL community.

  80. I get dumber and dumber each time I read comments from you idiots. Tony Dungy was asked a question and answered it. See, it’s called an interview. Most, if not all, sports radio talk shows would tank without them.

  81. A hundred or so post late, so I’m glad everyone has already said what I was thinking about Sir Tony Douchy..

  82. Can this get anymore embarrassing? The Heisman mission statement says it’s awarded to the player who performs best “WITH INTEGRITY.” That’s cut-and-dried.
    Heisman Trust, either take out the “with integrity” or take back the trophy. Quit waffling like gutless toads.
    Reggie, give back the trophy and stop wiggling like a worm. $100,000 a year salary for three years? You knew what you were doing. Pay the piper.
    Tony. Love ya. Stop doing Patrick’s show. Become Goodell’s behind-the-scenes adviser. A non-lawyer consigliere. No one likes the morals police–even when they agree.

  83. cacaw410 says:
    September 9, 2010 12:46 PM
    tony dungy called me up this morning and told me to stop leaving my towels on the bathroom floor….he hangs his towel up neatly after every use.
    _________________________________
    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile.
    Some of you guys act like Tony calls a press conference to just criticize guys actions. People ask Tony questions, should he just say no comment? He answers questions but if you just read “Dungy says…” it sounds like he just comes out and says this stuff.

  84. CT_Bob,
    I agree he should not be so outspoken, but bringing his son into this, well that is just wrong. Disagree with the man. Even dislike his actions. But you don’t have to be an ASS to get your point across.

  85. Stone says:
    September 9, 2010 2:42 PM
    Add Tony Dungy to the list of people I hate. Nobody needs you as the morality police, Dungy. If you’re so high and mighty, then why did your son kill himself? Must have had something to do with neglect or something you did. Why don’t you use your time to judge yourself and not project out into the rest of the NFL community.
    ————————————————————————————
    Nobody gives a crap who you hate in your bitter, small existence.
    Why does someone have to be “high and mighty” to have an opinion?
    Why does someone have to be perfect in order to recognize or address when someone else is doing something wrong or what would be right?
    If a drug addict is telling you to stop beating your kid, is the advice wrong just because of the source? Don’t think that person should be able to say? Why not?
    Stick a cork in your insecurity. When someone is critical of what we’re doing, maybe we ought to spend more time considering what they’re saying instead of deflecting, ignoring, and dismissing it by tearing down the other person so we can go on feeling okay about our shortcomings.

  86. i used to love you when you were the vikings defensive coordinator tony, but now you should just keep your mouth shut…i agree with you but no one cares what you think anymore.

  87. He’s ASKED. People ask his opinion about certain topics regarding the NFL, and as a paid analyst, he ANSWERS the question.
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    Dumb answer. RARELY are media people “blindsided” with questions. A reporter may blindside a player or coach with a question to try to get a rise out of them, or in a press conference setting, but when someone appears on a show, they have a little thing before the show called a production meeting. It’s where they go over what’s going to be covered. If anyone is uncomfortable with it, they speak up then. It’s not like Tony Dungy is just up there riffing and spitballing answers. It’s very prepared and if he didn’t want the question asked….it wouldn’t have been asked. (and yes, they do meetings for both TV and radio)

  88. Which one of these are hall of famers again?? If you could “go on and on”, please use actual HOFers. Not current superstars and recent retirees
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    I didn’t know Peyton was a HOF…right now. Your logic is flawed. Anyway, since you asked Bill Walsh had Joe Montana, Chuck Noll had Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene, etc., Tom Landry had Roger Staubach.
    Is that good enough for you, chief?

  89. Tony Dungy, the new spokesman for professional football. Hasn’t made a wothwhile comment since he said that we should excuse Michael Vick for his prior mistakes.
    AND HE CONTINUES SAYING DUMB THINGS

  90. Terrell Blowens says:
    September 9, 2010 1:46 PM
    @spartyfi
    I know you thought you were making a witty comment, but you just come across as a massive dick. Keep your stupid comments to yourself and have some respect, asshole
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    Terrell blowsyourmamma: If you don’t like my opinion or viewpoint, that’s your problem, not mine!
    The guy’s kid killed himself so in my opinion he has no room to talk to anyone about what they should or should not do. You don’t like that, too freakin’ bad son! I’m not some pansie like you that speaks PC and is overly sensitive to these things. I commented on something that happened, not something I made up.
    If I have to listen to people like Dungy’s opinion then you and everyone else can listen to mine!
    And saying someone’s a massive dick and asshole shows zero respect on you part. Learn to practice what you preach before you preach it douche bag!

  91. If Reggie Bush were Tony Dungy, he’d have spent more time with his son. Wow, that is the worst thing I’ve ever said.

  92. Dear Tony,
    It’s nice that your a guy that stands for righteousness but in order for all of us to believe you are, you must be consistant.
    That means if Big Ben is wrong, and Running Reggie should do the right thing….well then Michael Vick should be made to live in a doghouse and be whipped for not performing…can’t pick who your “friends” with, and expect to open your mouth!

  93. Genesis 21:5-7
    And it came to pass after these things, that Tony Dungy did scold Reggie Bush, and said unto him, Reggie: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy trophy, thine only Heisman Trophy, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of The Heisman Trust; and offer it there for an apologetic offering upon one of the desks which they will tell thee of. And Reggie rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his entourage with him, and Heisman his trophy, and clave the wood for the apologetic offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which Tony Dungy had told him.
    I’m paraphrasing, of course.

  94. It’s ironic how people don’t want Tony Dungy to “judge” others but these idiots are judging Dungy’s ability to be a father.
    Here’s a news flash: parents can’t control every action of their kids. Even good parents have children who make bad choices. I don’t blame Andy Reid for his sons. Bad stuff happens to good people.
    I hope nothing unfortunate happens to you Dungy haters.

  95. When will Dungy shut up. I mean, he wasn’t there for his own son who killed himself so why is he suddenly Mr. Advice?

  96. The low blows to Dungy aren’t necessary but Dungy needs to shut his mouth because the unnecessary comments aren’t really off the mark. Just no need to sink to that level.
    What is his job now? Is getting paid to talk about these issues or is he just doing this on his own. Either way the only way it will stop is to turn a deaf ear as I plan to pass on anything he ever talks about.

  97. Wow! Tony’s a righteous dude and I don’t always agree with his opinion, but some of these comments are unbelievable! One thing is for sure, when Tony Dungy does offer an opinion it is ALWAYS with class and respect. Maybe that is why he offends some many of you! Wow!

  98. If I was Tony Dungy I would give back the Super Bowl ring Payton Manning got for him. Clearly Tony did nothing for the team when you saw Payton take a rookie coach to the Superbowl.

  99. Tony Dungy is like the white version of Michael Irvin, always making ignorant comments on subjects that have nothing to do with him…shut up Tony!

  100. Hey, Reggie! Let me borrow your trophy so I can use it to beat Tony Dungy over the f-ckin’ head with! Then maybe he’ll get off his high f-ckin’ horse and shut the f-ck up already…

  101. Why does he have to return the trophy physically? He’s been stricken from the books, it’s unlikely Bush would have it on display in his house, let it go.
    Dungy is unbearable with his schtick, I heard him on Dan Patrick regarding Rex Ryan’s profanity and DP kinda defended Dungy by saying he asked him how he felt, he did not, Dungy couldn’t wait to opine.
    No human being is as altruistic as Dungy has set himself up to be, and the media is playing along to a large extent.
    He’s a tedious f*ck and 95% of the posters on here have had enough of the man.

  102. so let me get this straight. every teenager who commits suicide does so because of their parents? really?
    where do you ppl come from?

  103. Tony’s opines are solicited. Ours are not. The irony is…If we really believe that opinions should not be shared on subjects in which we have no business, these threads would be so much shorter and/or so much less venemous. Media asks a question. Tony gives an answer. Media reports that Tony gave an answer. You guys tee off on Tony? Interesting! Moral compass of the NFL? I think not. We all have a moral compass, their just not all pointing north. The man’s opinions say alot about who he is as a person as do the opinions offered herein.

  104. Why do people always win and complain about every story on here. If you dont want to effing read about it don’t, no one is forcing you. Obviously someone is reading Florio’s post because he still runs and effing sight. Why dont all the p*ssies and crybabys go somewhere else so we can read comments by people who are interested in the story and actually intelligent. I wonder why he commented on it? because its his job and he gets paid to do it. If you got a problem with it eff off and dont read the story

  105. I am sick and tired of Tony Dungy telling people what they should or could of done. Dungy tells Rex Ryan how he should coach his team. He states former Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush, that he should of returned the trophy originally.
    Mr. Dungy, the next time a player is kicked out of the league and wants reinstatement, keep your mouth shut. Michael Vick was unable to stay out of trouble this off-season, thanks to the help of his brother.
    Mr. Dungy promised Michael Vick had learned his lesson. Now Andy Reid has to deal with Michael Vick as a backup quarterback, that the Eagles are unable to unload.
    I hate to repeat this quote, but Tony Dungy appears to be slow.
    “Keep Your Mouth Shut”

  106. If I was Reggie Bush I would erect a 50 ft monument to my Heisman and put it out front of my house with a plaque that says, “NCAA, this is MY trophy. Eat me.”

  107. Let’s see if I understand…….Warren Sapp and Michael Irving aren’t liked because they are (admittedly) mushmouths who have no business on television (or radio, for that matter). Tony Dungee isn’t liked because he dares to utter an opinion (like dozens of other (white) ex-NFL’ers do every day), without being lambasted for it. Am I beginning to see a pattern here? Yes, his sanctimonious shtik IS beginning to wear a bit thin, but the meaness and bitterness of many of the comments here are leaving me with the slight suspicion that perhaps there might be other, unsaid reasons for the level of vitriol being expressed. I’ll leave it at that…….

  108. Ok, someone help me out here-why is it that some people can mock Tony Dungy all day long, yet turn around and get all offended when some people mock a fan who dies at Gillette Stadium?

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