Once again Chris Christie has refused an invitation to run for President. This time, he made a group of suitors wait for almost a month and travel all the way from Iowa to New Jersey, just to hear him say “NO”. I have become tired of this cat-and-mouse game with Chris Christie. Let’s draft someone who can bring real excitement to the campaign, someone who can increase voter registration and turnout, someone who can win the blue collar, lunch bucket, union member vote. Let’s draft a real man’s man, an American legend, a proven winner. Let’s draft—Tony Dungy.
Why Tony Dungy? First of all, he’s a champion–He has not one, but two Super Bowl rings, one as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and one as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. He can play both offense and defense–He was a starting defensive back and the back-up quarterback for Pittsburgh. He’s consistent–He made the playoffs for more consecutive years than any other coach in NFL history.
He’s from the Midwest-Rust Belt, which Republicans need to carry in order to defeat Obama. He was born in Michigan. He went to the University of Minnesota and later returned there as an assistant coach. He played for and was an assistant coach for Pittsburgh. He was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, and he finished his career as head coach of Indianapolis. He also has connections with the must win state of Florida–He served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, taking them from the bottom to the top of their division and making the playoffs for this first time since 1982 and then four consecutive times. Did I say–He’s a winner.
He’s written not just one, but five books. He and his wife currently have a children’s book, You Can Be a Friend, which was published in January and made the N.Y.Times Best Seller list. This is his second children’s book. His first was You Can Do It, which made #1 on the N. Y. Times Best Seller list. His memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, was the first book about the NFL to make #1 on the N. Y. Times Best Seller list for non-fiction. Dungy has also written Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible Study and Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. If writing a best selling book is a prerequisite to running for President, Dungy is clearly highly qualified.
More than all these, however, Dungy is the outsider’s outsider. He is a social conservative who epitomizes faith and family as the highest priorities of life. Off the field, he has made a career of challenging men to live up to their responsibilities as husbands and fathers. Tony Dungy 2012: the Quiet Conservative.