By Andria Barrios

Nearly a month ago, one of twelve Dungy books was published. A book signing was held at Ave Maria Gifts in April in honor of this and many other books written by former NFL, two-time Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren.

This particular book, published in February, entitled Uncommon Marriage was written to encourage couples in their marriage lives.

“The goal is to build marriages and strengthen relationships by showing how my wife and I have made it through 31 years of marriage,” Dungy said.

With six children to raise and many personal and career changes throughout their lives, the Dungys have accomplished much together.

From their home in Tampa, this happy couple, now retired, focuses on parenting, the Dungy family foundation, supporting a variety of charitable organizations and speaking both locally and nationally. Many books have been written by one or both of the Dungys, including eight children’s books, four trade; including two of the most popular Uncommon and Quiet Strength, and one devotional. An additional devotional is scheduled to be published around Christmas this year.

The Dungys have known the owners of Ave Maria Gifts, the O’Donnels, for many years, and have had many book signings there in the past.

“We met the week before Tony began coaching the Buccaneers,” Julie O’Donnel said.

This meeting occurred as a result of her husband’s job at Sports Channel 13.

Ave Maria Gifts sells a variety of religious gifts such as outdoor statues, rosaries, jewelry and more. Julie said of her shop, which has been serving the Tampa area since 1986, “The main goal is to lead others close to Christ.”

By hosting this book signing, they have certainly aided their cause, as over 1,000 attended throughout the day.

Find out more about Tony Dungy at www.coachdungy.com, and purchase any Dungy books on Amazon.com, Kindle or any local bookstore. Ave Maria Gifts is located at 222 Bryan Rd. in Brandon and more information can be found at www.avemariara.com.