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NFL’s coaching diversity means everybody wins

It was considered major news four years ago when Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears squared off against the Indianapolis Colts, coached by Tony Dungy. It was the first time an African American coach – in this case, two black coaches – had led an NFL team to the Super Bowl. Now another black coach, Mike Tomlin…

‘Rooney Rule’ broadens experience of NFL coaches, GMs

The Tennessee Titans last searched for a head coach 17 years ago when they were the Houston Oilers. A lot has changed in the NFL since then. One such change has been the league’s enactment of the Rooney Rule, which requires that every NFL team interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head…

Cyrus Mehri discusses the Rooney Rule on the NFL Network

Cyrus Mehri, counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance and an advocate for minority coaching opportunity, discusses the impact of the Rooney rule in the NFL and the progress it has created on the NFL Network’s Total Access with Rich Eisen. Click here to watch

Byron Boston: A Consistent Legacy of Performance

His is an occupation where, when he’s doing his very best, nobody really notices. Like the old school adage about children being, “better seen and not heard;” such is the life of an NFL official and Byron Boston is one of the best the league has to offer. Boston, a Humble (Texas) resident has been…

The passing of Bill Willis

By Harry Carson Bill Willis passed away this week. The name might not mean anything to many of you but to me he was a hero and a trailblazer. Mr. Willis was the last of the original 4 African-American football players who re-intergrated the National Football League in 1946. Of that group were Mr. Willis…

John Wooten to be inducted into the FBS College Football Hall of Fame

The National Football Foundation will enshrine the 2012 FBS College Football Hall of Fame Class as well as the 2013 Divisional Hall of Fame Class on Aug. 28 in Atlanta. A press event will be held at the construction site of the new Hall of Fame, with enshrinement at a dinner banquet that evening at…