— NEW YORK - Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl ring as both an NFL coach and player, and Rodney Harrison, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, will join NBC’s Emmy nominated studio show “NBC’s Football Night in America” as analysts. The announcement was made today on a media conference call by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Executive Producer, “NBC Sunday Night Football.” Both Dungy and Harrison were part of NBC’s Super Bowl XLIII pre-game coverage.
EBERSOL ON DUNGY: “Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed getting to know Tony through numerous production meetings and his work on our Super Bowl coverage, and have been impressed by the way he handled himself not only as a coach and communicator but more so as a human being. What I learned is that in addition to his obvious Super Bowl credentials, Tony is a gifted storyteller. That was confirmed by his outstanding work on our Super Bowl studio show.
“Perhaps Tony’s greatest feat is making the playoffs for 10 straight seasons. It’s even more remarkable given that he was playing a first-place schedule most years and under the salary cap.”
EBERSOL ON HARRISON: “Rodney is someone we’ve had our eye on. He is a strong communicator and personality, and our initial thoughts about him were confirmed when he did a terrific job for us at the Super Bowl. We have no doubt that Rodney will be as hard-hitting with his opinions as he was with his body on the football field.
“To paraphrase one of his teammates, ‘Rodney was born for the camera.’”
Dungy recently retired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after making the playoffs in each of his last 10 seasons (7 with Indianapolis; 3 with Tampa Bay). Dungy’s crowning achievement came in Super Bowl XLI, when he became the first African-American coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory as the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears. A former NFL defensive back, Dungy is one of only three men to win Super Bowls as both a player and head coach joining Mike Ditka and Tom Flores. Dungy is the author of the best selling book “Quiet Strength,” as well as a children’s book. His third book “Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance,” was recently released.
In Dungy’s six seasons as head coach of the Bucs, his teams made the playoffs in four of those years, reaching the NFC Championship Game in 2000. In his 13 seasons, Dungy’s teams posted a losing record just once, his first season in Tampa Bay.
Off the field, Dungy is renowned for his contributions to the community – both for civic and charitable causes. In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The 25-member council represents leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to growing the spirit of service and civic participation.
Harrison retired today from professional football after a 15-year-career in which he made three Pro Bowl appearances and is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 career sacks and 30 career interceptions.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Harrison played nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In his rookie season, the Chargers made the Super Bowl but lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Renowned as a clutch performer, the hard-hitting safety had seven interceptions in 13 career NFL Playoff games. Harrison’s 2008 season was cut short due to injury.
Off the field, Harrison’s Patriots’ teammates honored him with the 2006 Ed Block Courage award for the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration. In 2005, he participated in an officiating internship at NFL Europe's training camp in Tampa, Fla., to learn more about the responsibilities of an NFL referee in anticipation of a potential post-football career. Harrison is an avid Madden football player, often competing anonymously against fans online.