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Prosdo
12-22-2005, 10:36 AM
I was watching NFL Network and across the bottom it said that 18 year old James Dungy was found dead in his apartment in Tampa, FL on Thursday morning. Cause hasn't been released yet. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

RIP James Dungy

clevestinks
12-22-2005, 10:42 AM
Damn! There is never a good time for this, but just a few days before Christmas?

I can`t even think of what to say, other than so soory about you loss, Tony!

R.I.P.

Steel - X
12-22-2005, 11:21 AM
Yeah this is truelly horrible news. Rest in Peace James. And my prayers are with your family Tony. Horrible. From what I have read about and what I have heard about Tony, he is a great guy shouldnt have happened.

From SI.com

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead in a Tampa-area apartment, police said Thursday.

In a news release on its Web site, the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office said it "responded to the Campus Lodge Apartments this morning at approximately 1:32 a.m. The girlfriend of James Dungy had returned to the apartment and discovered Dungy."

Police performed CPR on Dungy before he was taken to University Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office.

Tony Dungy has left the Colts and is in Tampa, according to NFL.com.

The coach and his wife, Lauren, have four other children: daughters Tiara and Jade and sons Eric and Jordan.

The Colts (13-1) are at Seattle on Saturday.

Fans posted prayers and messages of support for Dungy, who also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on a message board on a Colts fan Web site.

"Not only was he a great football coach for the Bucs, but he is an even better person," one Tampa Bay fan wrote. "It makes me sick that it happened at this time of year to a person that is so giving and caring."

Another person wrote for God to give strength to Dungy during this difficult time.

"When things like this happen it adjusts our perspective on life," one person wrote. "What was considered major yesterday doesn't amount to more than a footnote today."

SportsTicker contributed to this report.

LondonSteeler
12-22-2005, 11:29 AM
horrible, you cant really say anything, god rest his soul

BlitzburghRockCity
12-22-2005, 12:44 PM
absolutely trajic at any time for anyone to go thru, but especially at this time of year. Thoughts and prayers go out to Tony and his family, one of the classiest coaches in the NFL period.

What a terrible loss, I sure hope they never find out any foul play was involved or that would be just even worse.

Stlrs4Life
12-22-2005, 01:30 PM
Tony Dungy's 18 yr old son found dead!

ESPN story: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2268593


Wow, how sad. Prayers out to the Dungy family.

clevestinks
12-22-2005, 01:31 PM
I just heard on the radio, that foul play is not expected!
This has bothered me since Prosdo wrote this. As a father I really feel for Dungy! I don`t think I could handle it!

CASTEEL
12-22-2005, 01:33 PM
That's horrible....... As a father, it's my worst nightmare. My heart goes out to him and his family...

clevestinks
12-22-2005, 01:37 PM
Someone will have to combined this thread with the one under NFL

tony hipchest
12-22-2005, 01:43 PM
t. dungy is the fruit from the pittsburgh tree so i have always rooted for him, yet i would hate to see this happen to any coach in the nfl, let alone to any father in the world. as much as he probably deserves to be coach of the year i bet anyone close to him will tell you he deserves to be father of the year 100x more. no amount of professional success will be able to dull his pain right now.

but i feel we will see a group of men rally behind their leader and approach the task at hand with full vigor. although i have rooted for the colts second to the steelers since '95, if the steelers cant make it i will be pulling for the colts even more now. (i still want steelers to smack the colts in the playoffs but i would definitely feel bad for the losers )

oddly enough when the news 1st broke i immediately thought about dr. j (the fish that saved pittsburgh) and ray sherman. and now remembering bill cosbys son. this news must hit these gentleman hard at this time too and dredge up alot of bad memories.

God bless all those who have lost a child.

pitt
12-22-2005, 02:09 PM
I feel sorry for the family.

Eztarget
12-22-2005, 02:12 PM
Interesting website that appears to be James Dungy's:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=41899442

Sharkissle29
12-22-2005, 02:40 PM
Interesting website that appears to be James Dungy's:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=41899442
that is interesting...but ppl can make all that shit up. but why would they make up dungy's son? anyways prayers go out to the dungy family

Eztarget
12-22-2005, 02:46 PM
I'm guessing it was a website he put up to "be cool" with his friends. It's not like this kid grew up in the ghetto. I imagine the 18 hour work days Tony probably pulls doesn't leave much for "quality" family time.

Sharkissle29
12-22-2005, 02:48 PM
I'm guessing it was a website he put up to "be cool" with his friends. It's not like this kid grew up in the ghetto. I imagine the 18 hour work days Tony probably pulls doesn't leave much for "quality" family time.
what strikes me is the raiders backround??????he wouldnt be a colts fan?

tony hipchest
12-22-2005, 02:55 PM
what strikes me is the raiders backround??????he wouldnt be a colts fan? tonys son probably picked out the raiders as his team years ago. maybe during the bo jackson years. long before dungy coached with the colts. its cool to be a raider fan. his website is probably done for fun and really doesnt show stuff that alot of kids arent into. we are in the hip hop generation. a kid smoking weed or experimenting in college doesnt suprise me. been there done that.

Sharkissle29
12-22-2005, 03:10 PM
tonys son probably picked out the raiders as his team years ago. maybe during the bo jackson years. long before dungy coached with the colts. its cool to be a raider fan. his website is probably done for fun and really doesnt show stuff that alot of kids arent into. we are in the hip hop generation. a kid smoking weed or experimenting in college doesnt suprise me. been there done that.
yea im in that stage as we speak. however, im not gonna put gangsta stuff up with guns as a cursor? did you see his main pic with that hankerchief (spell check) over his face? thats pretty thuggish, could be gang related. not that it makes any difference about his death bc it really is tragic. but is this kid everything ppl say he is?

Motley Nate
12-22-2005, 03:23 PM
I posted this on the CincyBengals board but I figured I'd share with you guys too:

Wow... you are not going to believe this.

One week before Christmas, almost exactly 3 years ago, I met Tony Dungy and his son.

The Colts were in Cleveland to play the Browns. My family was staying the weekend at the Renaissance Hotel downtown in part of a Christmas tradition of going downtown to shop, see the lights, etc. for Christmas. Visiting NFL teams stay at the Renaissance when in town to play the Browns so it's usually packed on the weekends, let alone Christmas time.

My dad and I on the Saturday evening that weekend were going to get something for our wives so we took an elevator down to the main lobby. These elevators are old and always crammed with people. We budge in and head on our way. The elevator stopped on the executive floor which was a floor reserved for celebrities, etc. The doors opened and there stood Tony Dungy and some kid. In surprise, I yelp "Hey, Tony Dungy!". He looked at me a little bewildered and said he'd wait for the next elevator since we were full. I told everyone to make more room for Tony and Tony and what I presumed was his son entered the elevator. Once we reached the mobbed lobby, everyone poured out of the lobby and my dad and I headed for the Tower City Shopping Plaza.

Right next to us, Tony and his son walked up. In between frequent autograph seekers and passer-bys, the four of us started a conversation. Tony introduced "Jimmy" to me and my dad and I introduced my homer dad to Tony (example of my dad's NFL knowledge: he had the 3rd pick in his fantasy draft and drafted TRENT GREEN... ugh). I told Tony that I thought it was great that he brought his son to Cleveland during the Christmas season because I have fond memories of going with my dad and still do to this day. No matter how different or busy our lives became, we still go and I was glad to see another father and son spending time together as well.

We finally reached the Tower City shopping plaza and we wished each other a Merry Christmas and went our separate ways. As they were walking away, I wanted to turn back around and wish him good luck or mention something about the game. I couldn't believe that I met Tony Dungy and didn't say one thing about football or the game the next day. I stopped myself when I saw Tony put his hand on his son's shoulder and I thought to myself "The guy is in a playoff race, it's getting towards the end of the year, he's got a game tomorrow and most importantly he's out with his son during Christmas time. Leave him alone.". I turned back to my dad and went on our way. It just felt great to see the guy spending time with his son like they were the only people in the whole plaza.

I just can't describe how hard it is to think about that now.

I can tell you from that experience, Tony Dungy was a real man: a father to his son.

Not a successful NFL coach.

A father.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-22-2005, 04:54 PM
Wow thats an interesting story Nate, thanks for sharing it with us.

tony is such a great guy and will always be apart of the Steelers as much as any other team so we feel for him as much if not more than most. Just a terrible loss of life...

BB2W
12-22-2005, 05:12 PM
Rooney quote...

"The entire Steelers organization is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of James Dungy. James' father Tony was a well-loved player and coach for the Steelers during the 1970's and '80s. We remember James very fondly as a young child when Tony coached our defense. The entire Dungy family has always been held in high regard throughout the Steelers organization and around the National Football League." -- Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II


link-----> http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-colts-dungysson-quotes&prov=ap&type=lgns

SteelCityMan786
12-22-2005, 05:23 PM
God Bless Tony. His Team may have beaten us. But we can pray for his family that they get through this tough time well.

Motley Nate
12-22-2005, 06:23 PM
Rooney quote...

"The entire Steelers organization is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of James Dungy. James' father Tony was a well-loved player and coach for the Steelers during the 1970's and '80s. We remember James very fondly as a young child when Tony coached our defense. The entire Dungy family has always been held in high regard throughout the Steelers organization and around the National Football League." -- Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II


link-----> http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-colts-dungysson-quotes&prov=ap&type=lgns
Nice touch by Mr. Rooney. It's tough to see a kid grow up only to die young. When I was 18, I thought I knew it all and lived all there was... how wrong I was. I can't imagine being Tony.

LambertIsGod58
12-22-2005, 06:39 PM
I, for the life of me, can't imagine what Tony is going through now....As a father to a 1 1/2 yr old, I really wonder if I could go on without him. Maybe that changes as time passes by. But, I truly don't know how people move on from a tragedy like this. I must be a weaker person or something. My heart goes to Tony and his family and to any family that has had to bury a child. Makes you realize what you have....

BB2W
12-22-2005, 07:22 PM
I just heard on ESPN radio that it is being ruled an apparent suicide based on evidence found at the scene...

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - The 18-year-old son of Tony Dungy, head coach of the top-ranked Indianapolis Colts football team, was found dead on Thursday in Tampa, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to James Dungy's apartment at about 1:30 a.m. by his girlfriend. They were unable to revive Dungy and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dick Bailey, a spokesman for the Hillsborough Medical Examiner, said an autopsy to determine the cause of death will not be completed until Friday at the earliest.

The St. Petersburg Times quoted Bailey as saying that Dungy's death was "apparently a suicide."

Asked by Reuters about whether it was a suicide, Bailey said, "I know of nothing to conflict with that," adding that the cause of death would not be conclusive until the autopsy was finished.


link-----> http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2005-12-23T000812Z_01_KNE262274_RTRIDST_0_SPORTS-FOOTBALL-DUNGY-COL.XML&archived=False

SteelCityMan786
12-22-2005, 07:25 PM
That's what I heard from ESPN and Sportscenter. Just hope his family is doing ok. good luck to the back up coach.

Koopa
12-22-2005, 09:00 PM
well my prayers are out for tony and his family. now i'm even more worried about the colts, they are gonna put everything on the line for him in the playoffs.

Eztarget
12-23-2005, 10:36 AM
I'd love to see Dungy coaching the Steelers if the Cowher era was to end. The guy's a class act.

BB2W
12-23-2005, 11:43 AM
Interesting website that appears to be James Dungy's:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=41899442
I think that was his My Space account, they deleted it yesterday. It was an "interesting" site to say the least... pretty gangsta. Although in his profile pic he was wearing a hoodie and a bandanna it did look like him based on the other photos I've seen.

SteelCityMan786
12-23-2005, 11:56 AM
I'd love to see Dungy coaching the Steelers if the Cowher era was to end. The guy's a class act.


Aggreed. He has great class and proved he can coach well

tony hipchest
12-23-2005, 05:04 PM
I think that was his My Space account, they deleted it yesterday. It was an "interesting" site to say the least... pretty gangsta. Although in his profile pic he was wearing a hoodie and a bandanna it did look like him based on the other photos I've seen. it had to have been his site. did you read the last post on the blog? it was one of the girls who was in his "friends" profiles. she posted final words to him after hearing he died.

tony hipchest
12-23-2005, 07:23 PM
probably a good thing for dungys family to have the site removed so quickly. the media would be all over it and if the colts were, by chance, to win the sb the smut rags would have a field day with it, blowing it way out of proportion.

while i can see the site being a little embarrassing and lead to speculation by some that the kid had it coming, it was really nothing more than finding your 18 year old with a 50 cent, snoop dog, or emenim cd.

SteelerzGirl
12-23-2005, 09:04 PM
Such a horrible tragedy for the Dungy family. My deepest sympathies.

SteelCityMan786
12-23-2005, 09:10 PM
Hope The Dungy's are doing alright. They're going threw a tough time.

MichiSteeler
12-23-2005, 09:51 PM
Yeah i heard about this.. Thats horrible... Sorry coach dungy your in my prayers.. R.I.P.

BB2W
12-24-2005, 12:04 AM
I also heard this was not the first time something like this happened... they said that he called 911 before because he had taken over a dozen pain killers. They also said that his family may have known little about this.

Koopa
12-24-2005, 12:37 AM
i guess the pressure of trying to live up to what his dad is got to him and couldn't take it anymore. but damn just looking at him on espn with the players i would've never suspected him being somewhat suicidal

tony hipchest
12-24-2005, 01:05 AM
i guess the pressure of trying to live up to what his dad is got to him and couldn't take it anymore. but damn just looking at him on espn with the players i would've never suspected him being somewhat suicidal

i dont think the pressure of living up to his father had anything to do with it.

his girlfriend "went for a walk" at 1:00 in the morning (how many girls do that?)

10 minutes later she came back and he was dead. while the toxicology report isnt back i dont know of any pills that will be ingested and kill you with in 10 minutes.

i think this has more to do with his girlfriend (1st love?) walking out on him, than it did his family or upbringing.

thats my theory, cause you know she wouldnt come out and say i dumped him and ran out on him right after his body was discovered.

she went for a walk for 10 minutes and he coincidentally kills himself. theres more to the story than has been told.

BB2W
12-24-2005, 10:25 AM
Hey Tony, I kinda feel the same way...

Prosdo
12-24-2005, 10:27 AM
Anything is possible. Definitely sounds like something else was going on. I feel so horrible for the Dungy family.

Steel - X
12-28-2005, 09:35 AM
LUTZ, FL - NFL stars past and present attended the funeral
of the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony
Dungy.

Flanked by a police escort, six charter buses carrying Colts
players, coaches and staff streamed into the parking lot of
the Idlewild Baptist Church in suburban Tampa.

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning arrived separately
for the service for James Dungy, who died last week in an
apparent suicide.

Most of the Colts traveled to the funeral, as did former
and current members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Dungy
coached from 1996 to 2000. Among them were Buccaneers owner
Malcom Glazer, former general manager Rich McKay, now
general manager for the Atlanta Falcons, and former
Buccaneer Warren Sapp.

Buccaneers stars Derrick Brooks and Simeon Rice also
attended, as did New York Jets coach Herman Edwards and
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith.

Tony and Lauren Dungy planned to bury their son following
the service. Dungy left the team Dec. 22, and it was
uncertain when he would return.

tony hipchest
12-28-2005, 09:51 AM
i saw franco harris was there along with other former team mates. did anyone see his statement to the media? amazing how his faith in God permitted him to be so strong and stoic while talking. it was kind of wierd cause he had exactly the same tone and demeanor as he does in a normal press conference after a win or loss. he said he was thankful for the 18 years he had his son. it was pretty sad but i really admired the strength he showed and the capabilities he has to get through this.

Steel - X
12-28-2005, 09:57 AM
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/12/28/Tampabay/_Hug_your_kids_.shtml

Good read. RIP Jamie!

clevestinks
12-28-2005, 10:13 AM
Yesterday was pretty emotional! As a father, I couldn`t help but think over and over, about him not hugging his son goodbye when he saw him last! Poor Tony will live with that forever! it should be a lesson to us all!

tony hipchest
12-30-2005, 01:10 AM
t. dungy will be back on the sidelines this weekend. i admire the strength he proudly attributes to God. win or lose with the bucs or colts, i think dungy is a champion in life.

Koopa
12-30-2005, 01:14 AM
good to see him back, i think it would've been tougher on him if he just sat at home doing nothing

Prosdo
12-30-2005, 01:26 AM
I'm glad to see Dungy back as well.