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Tony Dungy inspires Opelika kids to be uncommon

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OPELIKA, Ala. -

All year, Opelika schools have encouraged their students to learn from former football coach Tony Dungy's book 'Uncommon.'

Friday, the Super Bowl winning coach came to visit.

Tony Dungy stepped away from the football field a few years ago after plenty of success including that Super Bowl championship with the Colts. Now, he is trying to inspire kids to dream and be uncommon.

Opelika spent all of Friday learning from Tony Dungy, but they also wanted to show him they understood what he means when he talks about being uncommon.

"You can be uncommon by having a drive, desire, or attitude that makes you do things that everybody else could do, but most people want," Dungy said.

As part of the one book- one city program, Opelika schools encouraged students and their families to read Dungy's book.

"You never dream or visualize that you come to a city where the whole town has read your book," Dungy said. "That's something I never would have thought of. My mom would be so proud."

Coach Dungy draws on his playing and coaching career as a way to inspire kids.

Dignitaries all over Opelika want to know how Tony Dungy has had success. And, they hope the kids in Opelika learn from him.

He took some questions from the crowd. He was playfully asked about a rumor saying Alabama's Nick Saban would go to the NFL.

" He is a tremendous coach," Dungy said. "He does a great job. I know Coach Malzahn has his work cut out. I kind of see this rivalry evening up here pretty quickly I think."

The school system hopes he has inspired kids to be uncommon.

The coach had one message to leave for children in Opelika.

"Don't be afraid to dream even if it is something that has never been done before," Dungy said. "Nobody in my family has done it; nobody in my city has done it. If there is something you really want to do, don't think you can't do it."

Dungy said on his twitter account that he was humbled by the response from Opelika and he enjoyed challenging students to be uncommon.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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