We Knew This Was Coming
Yes, I’m fine. Yes, I’ve heard the reports. Yes, I knew this possibility would some day come. We all did. It’s not like Tony Dungy was going to coach until the Second Coming unless the Second Coming arrives before the end of the 2007 season.
Reports out of Tampa say that Tony’s son, Eric, has enrolled in Plant High School in Tampa, FL with the intention of being there in the fall for football. Following the death of Tony’s oldest son, Jamie, in 2005, Tony stressed the importance of spending more time with family. Thus, I don’t see him being separated from Eric during football season.
Of course, Tony is not entertaining any of this until after the season, which is the proper way to do things. He says he will address his desire to continue coaching as he does at the end of every season: 1st with Lauren, his wife, and 2nd with Jim Irsay and Bill Polian.
We (Colts Fans) have been put on notice for several years knowing that he evaluates his situation every year at the end of the season. We knew it would come eventually, but I will say that it hurts when the possibility is more possible than ever. The positive is that we know he plans to focus on ministry after coaching, specifically prison ministry, and really can we fault a man for going off to do some good in this world. I don’t think so.
So let’s all just get through the remainder of the season whether it lasts a few more days or 2-4 more weeks, let Tony have his time to evaluate, and let him announce when he’s ready what his plans are. Until then, just remember that we all know it could be this year or any of the years in the future.