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FPA Mourns the Death of Dan Rooney

(Left to Right – Dan Rooney, Commissioner Roger Goodell; Seated: John Wooten) The Fritz Pollard Alliance is deeply saddened by the loss of Dan Rooney, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Patricia Rooney and the Rooney family and to the entire Steelers Organization. Dan Rooney was a giant of a man. He…

Mourning the Loss of Dennis Green

“We’ve lost a great leader.” The Fritz Pollard Alliance is deeply saddened by the loss of Dennis Green, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Dennis was one the NFL’s great coaching minds and one of its best people. In addition, Dennis was a trailblazer for equal opportunity in the League, becoming…

Fritz Pollard Alliance Awards Ceremony

Super Bowl XLV had many events, but one in particular brought everyone together to celebrate diversity in NFL leadership and honor those who work diligently to make it a reality – The Fritz Pollard Alliance Awards Ceremony. Click here to see photos of the event

Leslie Frazier: NFL coach continues SWAC tradition

By MAX EDISON Defender The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has long been known as the small college conference that produces titans in the NFL. Throughout the 90-year history of the conference, the names, just in recent history, roll off like a who’s who of NFL stars. They include Michael Strahan, Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, Walter…

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…