Johnny L. Cochran, Jr. 8th Annual Salute to Excellence

The Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award is given to persons who display outstanding performance through the year on the field and in the front offices of the National Football League. The award is named of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., one of the co-founders who passed away in 2005, for his tremendous contributions, service to the community and unparalleled skills as a trial lawyer.

January 31, 2013,

New Orleans, LA

Watch video of Leslie Frazier's acceptance speech
Fritz Pollard Salute to Excellence Honorree plaques Chairman, John Wooten Harry Carson greets guests Cyrus Mehri, Counsel for the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation Jeremi Duru Craig Richardon, Marketing, Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation Commissioner Goodell greets guests Ambassador Rooney greets guests Ambassador Rooney, Harry Carson Commissioner Members of the NFL Referees’ Association Harry Carson, Vincent Newsome, Director of Pro Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and Dr. Walter Kimbrough Harry Carson, Tony Wyllie, Ernest Polk Honoree Leslie Frazier, Head Coach for the Minnesota Vikings, gives a moving acceptance speech Cyrus Mehri, Marvin Lewis, Harry Carson Minnesota Vikings’ honorees, Leslie Frazier, Head Coach and Kevin Warren, Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer Harry Carson with Brian Jenkins (Head Football Coach at Bethune-Cookman University) Harry Carson with Donald Pittman (Head Football Coach at Fort Valley State University) Cincinnati Bengals Assistant Coach Hue Jackson, Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier, and (formerly) NFL Vice President of Officiating Carl Johnson Deneen Tyler, Harry Carson Commissioner Goodell greets NFL Referee/Super Bowl XLVII official, Jerome Boger Members of the Washington Redskins’ Family including Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen and Tony Wyllie The Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation Leadership with Deneen Tyler, Mistress of Ceremonies