In the first section of Quiet Strength Tony Dungy shares with the reader his childhood, high school years, and his college years. Tony shares with the reader that growing up he was always taught that god/family is most important. He shares with the reader that he always figured that he would go to heaven, and that he asked god into his heart as a five year old. Tony Dungy’s faith is always first to him, and growing up he always wanted to be proactive in his faith.
As a young teenager he always loved football and basketball. Tony describes to the reader some tough racism situations he dealt with at his high school that was a predominantly white junior high school. Tony shares with the reader how he pretty much quit his high school football team as the senior quarterback because of racial issues. Tony also describes to the reader his love for both football/basketball, and how he always dreamed of playing both in college.
In college Tony Dungy attended the University of Minnesota, and played quarterback for the Gophers. Tony shares with the reader that he was hurt his sophomore year early in the season, and how his dream was crushed to play both football/basketball in college. Dungy describes to the reader that it was okay, and that being able to play on the football team/keeping up with academics would have been very hard. In the first section of Quiet Strength Tony shares with the reader how hard it was to sit at home waiting for the phone call with his friend to be drafted into the N.F.L. and the call never came for him, but his friend was drafted.