Colts head coach Tony Dungy has, as most of you knowledgeable NFL fans who read NFL GRIDIRON GAB already know, has on more on one occasion hinted at retirement from coaching. Fortunately for the Colts, that never came to pass as the team went on to win Super Bowl XLI last February. But that isn’t to say that retirement thoughts are far from his minds. As he recently told Bob Glauber of Newsday, “The idea was to coach 10 seasons and then retire. “I’m still enjoying this team very much, so it’s not the time to walk away. But I won’t be coaching when I’m 60 years old, that’s for sure.”
This season will be Dungy’s 11th as a head coach in the NFL. And as far as age is concerned, he is only 51 (young by NFL head coaching standards). Another hint that he may retire? He stated recently that, “I have a son that’s in high school. I know I’m going to want to see him play ball.”. A rather odd statement only because in the state of Indiana, high school football games take place on Friday evenings. So I cannot see why the Colts would not accomodate Dungy and not allow him to attend those games.
For selfish reasons (hey I am a big Colts fan after all), I really would like Dungy to really consider his options carefully. I know he has been through a lot personally (his son committed suicide), and he has hinted that motivational speaking was something he was considering. But he has plenty of time to do that stuff (remember he is only 51 years old). Fortunately he has all of his energies appllied towards the Colts attempting to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Hopefully, he will continue doing that for many seasons to come.