Dungys' new book offers advice for marriage

Tony Dungy signs copies of "Uncommon Marriage" at Cathedral H.S. Tuesday.
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A familiar face is back in Indiana this week talking about his latest project.

In a week leading up to Valentine's Day, Tony Dungy is focused on a project that sheds new light on a personal love story.

A standing room only crowd of about 400 crowded the Cathedral High School cafeteria Tuesday to hear from the former Indianapolis Colts head coach. Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are on a multi-city tour to promote their new book, "Uncommon Marriage" - 230 pages of the personal and professional highs and lows stretched over 31 years of marriage.

"A lot of it was before we were in the limelight, before people thought of us as Super Bowl winners and it's just average stories that everyone can related to," Dungy said.

The book touches on his family's greatest moments, among them winning the Super Bowl in 2007, and the devastating time when they lost their eldest son to suicide. Through it all, they say it was their faith and a sense of purpose and partnership that saw them through.

"We were able to persevere and to get through the challenging times in a marriage - and all marriages have ups and downs and you can expect that - but it's how you navigate through them," Lauren Dungy said.

Coach Dungy has authored previous books that have reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list. He says when he left coaching, he didn't expect his career to include becoming a best-selling author.

"I really didn't. The broadcasting and doing the books is not something I anticipated, but it's just been an avenue the Lord has used and created a platform and it's been wonderful," Dungy said.

The Dungy's book tour will visit six Indiana cities, including Fort Wayne, Terre Haute and Bloomington, with a stop Thursday at the Walmart store on 151st Street in Carmel.

Dungy book signings