Dungy came to speak to all Fort Wayne Community Schools freshmen Wednesday during two sessions to promote his newest book, “Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance,” and also to encourage these young adults that “you can achieve.”
After retirement last month from the NFL team, Dungy set out on a new mission, especially after the overwhelming success of his first book, “Quiet Strength.”
“That was the first time I saw the impact that I could have,” he said after talking to students from Elmhurst, Snider and Wayne high schools Wednesday morning.
He said awareness that he could make a difference was the catalyst for writing the second book, which aims to help young men by showing them that nontraditional backgrounds and transitioning from different roles don't have to be hindrances. It was a book he was happy to write. “They had to kind of talk me into writing the first (book),” he said.
Uncommon success was the center of his talk to students Wednesday, using examples such as Rod Woodson, a Snider grad who was recently named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or Hillary Clinton, who didn't see being a woman as a barrier to her dreams in politics.
“It's not what you do but how you do it. That's not necessarily a lesson we tell you at this age,” Dungy told the students. “You can achieve it if you're willing to work and step out of the crowd a bit.”
After his talk, students surprisingly weren't talking about Dungy's win record or the football stars he's shaped. They were talking about their own dreams and the newfound hope they had in achieving them.
“If we do good, good things will happen,” said Ronald Lucas.