Tony Dungy is taking a lead role in improving communication between the NFL and its players.
Dungy will lead a new NFL player advisory forum that will meet with players about league policies, programs and issues that affect their lives on and off the field. Those subjects will include player health and safety, personal conduct, game rules and procedures, career transition and player development.
Dungy, who retired as coach of the Indianapolis Colts after last season, is a special adviser to commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Input from the players to the commissioner’s office and vice versa is so important in helping our league and our players be the best they can be, on and off the field,” Dungy said. “The commissioner asked me if I would lead this initiative and to me it is exciting to be in a position to help our players.”
Goodell will attend the meetings, and union officials have been invited to attend. Pro Bowl players Kurt Warner, Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins are among the players who will take part in the meetings.
“Players continue to be an invaluable resource in providing direction and insight into a wide range of programs and policies,” Goodell said. “Tony’s experience and expertise in working with players make him an ideal leader of the player advisory forum and we appreciate his willingness to take on this important role.”
Dungy also has advised Michael Vick during the quarterback’s suspension and his return to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Additionally, Dungy has worked as a commentator for NBC Sports
“Who better in the world today to lead a forum of NFL players than Tony Dungy?” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports. “Tony is one of the most respected and admired men in pro football history because he lives his life with impeccable character. His influence deservedly extends well beyond the game.”
Goodell conducted similar meetings with retired players last year. These programs are an outgrowth of the a player advisory council formed by Goodell and the NFL Players Association in 2006.