MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - One of Super Bowl week's most prestigious events is the Legends for Charity dinner and this year's guest of honor has deep Minnesota ties.
"It’s been awesome,” said Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Fame coach and Gophers football player. “We aren't able to do anything about the weather and the cold, just the atmosphere - the volunteers, the spirit. So many different things to experience, I think it’s been awesome."
About 600 people showed up at the Hyatt Regency hotel for the annual fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Dungy received the Pat Summerall Award presented by his former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Dungy says it’s fitting he's receiving the award in a city he knows so well.
"I came here as a 17-year-old,” said Dungy. “Not a lot of self-esteem or self-confidence. Very young and you end up growing up. Not only as a player but growing as a person. As a student. So many tremendous memories here."
"The city's hospitality has been great, the food's been great, the people have been great,” said sports broadcaster Rich Eisen, who was emcee for the Legends for Charity event. “I've been really enjoying it immensely and I didn't even mention the weather."
The Summerall Award recognizes excellence in broadcasting. This Super Bowl Dungy's 11-year-old son Justin is helping with coverage for Sunday Night Football, showing the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.