- In Memoriam
- FPA Members
Coach Tomlin became the second African-American head coach and the youngest head coach ever to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the greatest advocates for diversity within the NFL.Read More
Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Bears 29 - 17. The Bears were coached by Lovie Smith, a long time friend and former assistant coach of Tony.Read More
In his first draft as GM of the Giants, seven of his eight picks contributed immediately and helped build the Giants into a Super Bowl team.Read More
Frederick 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.
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.