It did not take long for Tony Dungy to do the math when NBC hired him as an analyst before the 2009 season. He quickly realized Super Bowl XLVI would be the network’s turn in the rotation.
“When I first came on board I said, ‘Boy, you know what? We’re going to broadcast this game,’’’ he recalled. “The Lord just worked it out. It couldn’t be better for me.’’
Dungy feels a kinship with Indianapolis, not only because he spent seven years as the Colts’ coach but because he was a member of the Super Bowl bid committee that eventually landed the game in May of 2008.
But before the NFL chose the city, it bypassed it in favor of north Texas the previous spring.
“I can tell you, I was never as disappointed in anything in football as when we lost the bid for last year’s game,’’ he said. “We came in second and everybody was so down.
“To put it back together, go another year, make another bid and get the game, it was just really, really exciting. To see what the city has done and made this special, it’s pretty thrilling to me.’’