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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…

John Wooten: The NFL’s Godfather

His career has spanned over 50 years as a player and front office executive. He has won NFL and Super Bowl titles. He has been coached by, played with and worked beside titans of the NFL game. He has been a major instrument in the successful movement for diversity in the NFL. Commissioners, general managers…

The Fritz Pollard Alliance: Quietly changing the landscape of the NFL

It’s been a big year for minorities in leadership and management positions in the NFL. To the casual football fan these changes occur and no one gives them a second thought. The average fan is generally only concerned about his or her favorite team. The success of diversifying the front office has been constantly evolving…

Count Carson among those who ‘get it’

by Jay Price Sunday July 05, 2009, 8:25 AM Just when you thought loyalty between sports franchises and their fans was a one-way street, Harry Carson shows up at the Harris house in Castleton Corners to talk a little football with a friend he’d never met. Until a few months ago, the Harrises only knew…