Tony Dungy Speech: Former Coach Proves He Would Be Great Fit in College Football

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Former NFL coach Tony Dungy attends a press conference at National Urban League on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy gave an inspiring speech to the Michigan Wolverines last Thursday, and the players' response proves Dungy's mentality would work wonders in college football.

The Wolverines eventually lost their bowl game 33-28 to the favored South Carolina Gamecocks, but as Dungy told the young men, there is much more to life than just football.

His message resonated with many of the players, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.

Here's what defensive lineman Craig Roh said about the speech:

"The thing about Tony Dungy is he puts everything in perspective," Roh said. :Football really is just a game.... If you get too wrapped up in achievements, it will ultimately fail you. ... Ultimately it's serving people, the people around you."

Dungy also made an impact on linebacker Desmond Morgan: 

He talked a lot about leadership outside of football and got a lot of messages across that I will take to heart and will take on."

Dungy is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, but it's not his football knowledge that would make him a dream hire for the nation's top programs. His more attractive asset is his ability to help young men grow as people.

Tony has long had a reputation as an expert motivator and strong mentor. It's these qualities that led Dick Vitale of ESPN and Bruce Feldman of CBS to have the following conversation: 

@tonydungy would be a fabulous college football coach - Do u think he would have any prob impressing Mom/Dad? @bfeldmancbs@sipetethamel

— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 2, 2013

@dickiev @tonydungy he'd be the ultimate closer as a recruiter & probably could put together great staff BC of his rep 4 treating ppl.

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 2, 2013

As the two men said, parents would be praying that their sons would have the opportunity to learn under Dungy. It doesn't matter what a young man's class, race or religion is, Dungy is the quality role model that many college players need.

When you also consider his desire to help people, and of course his natural coaching ability, there's no denying Dungy would make an excellent college football coach.

Hopefully a school will be lucky enough to have him soon.