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Tony Dungy, Wife In Town To Promote Reading

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Pittsburgh Steeler, who knows something about Super Bowls and coaching, was in town with his wife promoting reading and a new book for kids.

Tony and Lauren Dungy were treated like rock stars at Martin Luther King Elementary School on the North Side. She did her student teaching at the school when they lived in Pittsburgh.

This generation knows them as authors of a children’s book called “You Can Be A Friend.”

FedEx donated copies for the kids at the school and for the Urban Impact Foundation.

Lauren Dungy once taught at Edgeworth Elementary School and they read to those children too.

“The inspiration for the book was just a message of friendship and we thought that was something that needed to be taught and we’ve decided to write it in a book and share that with the children and we thought the children needed to hear about friendship and being a good friend to each other,” Lauren Dungy said.

An older generation knows Tony Dungy as a Pittsburgh Steeler and as an assistant Steelers coach and as a Super Bowl winning coach in Indianapolis.

The timing of the book tour was ironic this week.

“We kind of planned it around the Dr. King holiday, but then to be here for the [AFC] Championship Game week and to have Mike Tomlin here, who started with us in Tampa, and to just see what’s going on with him and the Steelers, it’s just been great,” Tony Dungy said.

Dungy shed some light on the matchup and expects the Steelers to ground the Jets on Sunday.

“I think they’re going to do quite well. I think the team that loses that regular season game always has an advantage. The Steelers will make some adjustments, they’ll have Troy Polamalu back and I think they’re [going to] do well,” Tony Dungy said.

“And it s so hard to come in here and win with the excitement and the fans and everything, I’m looking for the Steelers to be in the Super Bowl.”

The Dungys are already preparing for another book on sharing.

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