Tony Dungy talks about Junior Seau and says his teams didn’t want to injure other players
Dungy said that Seau was a great player, but when he talks to his former teammates, they say that was only part of Seau’s brilliance. “They talk about his leadership,” Dungy said, “how he prepared, the hustle the energy and everything he brought behind the scenes.”
Dungy said that he never notices problems with players while they’re playing, but sees a lot of problems in retirement. “I talk to wives who say my husband is completely different,” Dungy said.
Dungy weighed in on the Saints’ punishment as well. Dungy said Roger Goodell got a lot of information and facts. “I have to trust him,” Dungy said. “It’s not something he wants to do. He’s not looking to sit players down because it makes him feel good.”
Dungy said his teams never had incentive programs like the Saints, and they all knew what it was like to be injured and wouldn’t wish that on another player. “Everybody who has played for me has told me if you [had done this], they would have stood up and say ‘we’re not doing that.'”