Dungy named semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame


Tony Dungy's illustrious career is getting closer to reaching the mecca of professional football.

The former Gophers quarterback and Super Bowl-winning player and coach in the NFL was named one of 25 semifinalists for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the Hall of Fame announced Thursday. This is Dungy's first year of eligibility.

Dungy would go in as a head coach. He led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-2008. He guided the Colts -- with the help of Peyton Manning -- to a Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears in 2006.

As the Star Tribune notes, Dungy's coaching career never would have launched if not for a stellar stretch from 1992-95 as the Vikings defensive coordinator.

After playing quarterback for the Gophers, Dungy reached the NFL as an undrafted free agent for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He changed his postition to defensive back and he went on to win a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 1978.

Former Vikings kicker Morten Anderson and running back Roger Craig are also semifinalists. Former Gophers defensive star Karl Mecklenburg, who went on to dominate with the Broncos, also made the cut. Here's the full list of semifinalists, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

The list will be reduced to 15 finalists during a one-hour special on NFL Network on Jan. 8. Up to seven Hall of Famers will be announced before the Super Bowl.

Next Up

Jose Berrios

Report: Twins could be 'aggressive sellers' ahead of trade deadline

José Berríos and Nelson Cruz could be in high demand in the coming weeks.

Screen Shot 2021-06-22 at 7.49.39 PM

Why the Timberwolves haven't lost the D'Angelo Russell trade...yet

The Wolves' offseason got more challenging but not impossible.

Pixabay - water surface

2-year-old dies a week after being pulled from Ham Lake pond

The boy had been at Lions Park with family and friends.

Facebook - Dinosaur Drive-Thru image

50 animatronic dinosaurs to take over Mall of America parking lot

Dinosaur Drive-Thru opens June 24 and runs through July 11.

new ulm police department squad car

Police: Man who shot himself during traffic stop has died

He died in a Twin Cities hospital early Wednesday.

Flickr - Voyagerous - Christine Warner

MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

Elton John

Elton John confirms rescheduled St. Paul dates for farewell tour

"I'm going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best," John said.

Alex, Curt and Steven Boesl

3 Minnesotans honored with Carnegie Medals for heroic acts

The award is the highest honor for civilian heroism in North America.

police tape, crime scene

Police discover woman dead at Twin Cities home following welfare check

Officers also found "multiple" children on the scene, all of them unhurt.

bear cub

Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Ambulance hospital emergency

5 teens hurt in rollover crash near Hutchinson

The crash happened before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Pixabay - Crappie fish

MN DNR: Please call us if you find a large group of dead fish

The agency says hot weather might be contributing to recent die-offs.