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Hall of Fame inductee Tony Dungy chooses former Pittsburgh Steeler to be his presenter at enshrinement

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At the August 6 enshrinement ceremony, Tony Dungy will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has chosen former Steelers teammate, safety Donnie Shell, to be his presenter.

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Before Tony Dungy was a football analyst and legendary coach of the Indianapolis Colts, he was a defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was with the team from 1977-1978 and went on to finish his short career with a year in San Francisco and a final brief stint with the New York Giants in 1980. Dungy would return to the team as a defensive backs coach from 1981-1983 and then as defensive coordinator from 1984-1987.

Dungy's time with the Steelers clearly had an impact on his life, so much so that he has chosen Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donnie Shell to be his presenter during the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. The two were teammates for a brief time. Shell's career as a player continued, while Dungy returned to the Steelers and became Shell's coach and then defensive coordinator. Shell retired in 1987.

Dungy said of his friend via The Tampa Bay Tribune, "Donnie Shell is a great person and he was quite a player. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame some day."

Shell has long been considered one of the players deserving of the Hall of Fame from those great 1970s Steelers, but along with L.C. Greenwood have been denied for one reason or another. Similar to when Lynn Swann had John Stallworth introduce him, Dungy is probably hoping his choice will help Shell's case of enshrinement.