Dungy’s humble ways took root in Jackson, Mich.

JACKSON, Mich. – Tony Dungy was back in his hometown, attending a ceremony to name Frost School’s library after his mother, a former teacher.

A black plaque with silver lettering read: “Cleo May Dungy Library. In honor of her many years of dedicated service to Jackson Public Schools. Dedicated, May 2001.”

One problem – Dungy’s mother’s name is spelled Cleomae.

Tony Dungy didn’t point out the mistake, a decision befitting a man whose reputation as a gentleman rivals his acclaim as a coach.

“He probably didn’t say anything because he’s so nice,” gushed Frost School sixth-grade teacher Mary Anne Gough, who’s known of Dungy since they were in middle school.

In Jackson, about 75 miles west of Detroit, the mere mention of the Indianapolis Colts coach makes people smile.

“This is great for our city, because we’re losing jobs and people every day,” said Jackson High School athletic director Russell Davis, who played football against, with and for Dungy. “Tony’s story is really giving us a shot in the arm that we desperately need.”

Sunday night, the 51-year-old Dungy will lead his Colts onto the field at Dolphin Stadium in Miami to battle the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl, where he and Bears coach Lovie Smith will make history as the first black head coaches at the title game.

“Tony Dungy is the talk of the town,” mayor Jerry Ludwig said. “He’s all people are talking about – no matter where you go. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, it’s exciting for all of us.”