Opening General Session Speaker
Anthony Kevin “Tony” Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former NFL player and head coach who is currently an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America and a spokesman for the national fatherhood program, All-Pro Dad. Dungy served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-2008, becoming the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007..
He also is the author of several books: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life; Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible Study; You Can Do It; Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance; The Mentor Leader; and You Can Be a Friend, the last of which he co-wrote with his wife, Lauren. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, reached No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction section of the New York Times Best Seller list on August 5, 2007 and again on September 9, 2007. On January 10, 2008, Quiet Strength reached 1,000,000 copies in print. Dungy, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-1978) and San Francisco 49ers (1979), spent nine seasons – 1981-1989 – as an assistant coach with the Steelers, the last six as defensive coordinator. He then spent three seasons – 1990-1992 – as defensive backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending three more seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as defensive coordinator (1993-1995). Dungy coached 13 seasons as a head coach, compiling a record of 139-69. His teams made the post-season in his final 10 seasons, establishing a record for consecutive playoff appearances by an NFL head coach. He was added to the Colts’ Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010. In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a 25-member council representing leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to “growing the spirit of service and civic participation.” In March 2009 President Barack Obama invited Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. While Dungy declined to join the council because of scheduling conflicts, he agreed to be an informal adviser on fatherhood issues. Dungy throughout his coaching career and in retirement has been active in many community service organizations. In Tampa, he worked as a public speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action and also began a mentoring program called Mentors for Life. In Indianapolis, he helped launch the Basket of Hope program that aids patients at the Riley Hospital for Children.
Anthony Kevin “Tony” Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former NFL player and head coach who is currently an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America and a spokesman for the national fatherhood program, All-Pro Dad. Dungy served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-2008, becoming the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007.
Closing General Session Speaker
Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, where he remained to play his entire fourteen-season professional career. He is widely considered one of the best linebackers in NFL history. An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII seasons. In February 2014, Derrick received one of the highest honors of his life by being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was inducted in Canton, Ohio in August of 2014 and inducted into the Capitol One Academic All-America Hall of Fame. In September 2014, Derrick was enshrined into the Ring of Honor by The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the number 55 will never be worn by another Buccaneer player.
Derrick is currently serving as an appeals officer for the National Football League as well as the Executive Vice President of Corporate and Community Development at the Amalie Arena. Brooks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business communications at Florida State University where he was a three-time first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, two times first-team All-American, and a member of the 1993 Seminoles National Championship team. In November 2010, Florida State retired Seminoles jersey number 10 in honor of Brooks and he was also inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame. He went on to earn his Master’s in Business Communications from FSU in 1999, and his Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Leo’s University in 2006. Recognized as often for his hard work in the community as he is for his hard hits on the football field, Brooks has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, and the 2004 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award, and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually for their commitment to the communities in which they live. Derrick also has received numerous community awards in Tampa, Florida for his work and dedication to the community such as: 2007 Citizen if the year from the Tampa Sports Club, 2014 Lee Roy Selmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tampa Sports Commission, 2014 Community Hero Award from the Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2014 Community Champion Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs. Brooks was appointed by to the board of trustees of Florida State University by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, where he occupied a seat until 2011. He has also served on the Florida Department of Education Foundation, St. Leo’s University and Brooks-DeBartolo Charities, Inc. In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as the Chairman for the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness – helping to eliminate the problem of childhood obesity in the State of Florida. Derrick also serves on other Board of Directors. By partnering with the DeBartolo Family, he was able to realize a lifelong dream with the opening of the very first traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area – Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School.
Founder of Derrick Brooks Charities, Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, where he remained to play his entire fourteen-season professional career. He is widely considered one of the best linebackers in NFL history.