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The Life of Fritz Pollard

Fritz Pollard the first African-American NFL coachFrederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard was the first African American coach in the National Football League.

“Fritz” Pollard grew up in Chicago. By the time he graduated from high school, he was a talented baseball player, running back and a three-time Cook County track champion.

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Our History

On September 30, 2002, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and Cyrus Mehri issued a ground-breaking report  revealing that black NFL head coaches are held to a higher standard than their white counterparts, and are consequently denied a fair chance to compete for head coaching jobs.

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