Tony Dungy

INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Dungy is sticking with the Colts.

The team said Monday that Dungy will remain with Indianapolis through at least the 2008 season before turning over the coaching to hand-picked successor Jim Caldwell.

Dungy, the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, spent a week meeting with his family, close friends and trusted colleagues while deciding whether to return for a seventh season with the Colts.

"It was a family decision," Dungy said. "We're on board, and we look forward to '08, look forward to putting together a winner."

Team owner Jim Irsay said Dungy would stay at least one year and could stay longer.

"This isn't a victory lap for Tony," Irsay said.

It's the third straight year Dungy seriously considered retiring.

The debate focused on Dungy's desire to balance family and football, especially after his family moved back to Tampa earlier this month. His 16-year-old son Eric now attends high school there, and Irsay's willingness to let Dungy spend more time in Florida was a factor in the decision. Irsay has said Dungy could spend Friday nights there watching his son's football games.

Dungy said he decided he could give coaching and his family life the "passion" both deserved.

"I wouldn't shortchange my family," he said. "I wouldn't come back if my wife or my children were not for it."

Team president Bill Polian said the 53-year-old Caldwell would be named associate head coach. Caldwell has spent the past seven seasons as Dungy's assistant.

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The Giants' win, which set up a Super Bowl matchup with the New England Patriots, got a 46 share.

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While confirming that he needs surgery on his torn right anterior cruciate ligament, Rivers revealed for the first time that he had arthroscopic surgery to clean out the joint a week earlier in order to play in Sunday's AFC championship game, a 21-12 loss to the Patriots.

Superstar running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a sprained ligament in his left knee but won't need surgery.

WARD, TAYLOR AMONG PAYTON FINALISTS: Hines Ward, Jason Taylor, Jason Witten and Brian Waters were selected as finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The award, named for Hall of Famer Walter Payton, is the only league award that recognizes community involvement and service, as well as on-field performance.