Statement by Rod Graves, Executive Director, Fitz Pollard Alliance on the Firing of Jay Gruden as Head Coach of the Washington Redskins
“This week I learned the Washington Redskins front office made the decision to release Jay Gruden as head coach. As Executive Director of Fitz Pollard Alliance (FPA), my primary role is to assist the NFL, team owners and senior management in developing and promoting organizational diversity. That said, I urge Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and […]
Credit to the NFL for recognizing Black game officials. This group of professionals have played a major part in the game of football for decades. Recognition of their service is long overdue.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, Fritz Pollard Alliance recognizes that the struggle for equality is just as vigorous today as it was during the civil rights period. People of color are still contending with issues of opportunity, equal pay, and the presence of double standards in the workplace. Unfortunately, Black men and other […]
FPA Executive Director, Rod Graves recently spoke with the New York Times about the lack of diversity within the NFL.
Below are video links to the Fritz Pollard Alliance 2020 Career Development Series. Phase I Presentations 07/06/20 RB & WR Presentations –https://youtu.be/HvB_CUaDPis 07/07/20 OL Presentations – https://youtu.be/tODJLn-QOS8 07/08/20 DB & LB Presentations – https://youtu.be/v5xZNMJvDu4 07/09/20 DL & ST Presentations – https://youtu.be/ZI2Pl6_Zv1E 07/10/20 QB Presentations – https://youtu.be/klPxXKijFgE 07/13/20 GM Presentations – https://youtu.be/3ynYhzwo8ZE 07/14/20 President and People and Culture Presentations – https://youtu.be/I55zq2Y4BIY 07/15/20 […]
The Fritz Pollard Alliance joins the NFL and all people across our country in condemning acts of senseless killings. Our prayers go out to all during this painful period. – The Fritz Pollard Alliance FoundationThe Fritz Pollard Alliance joins the NFL and all people across our country in condemning acts of senseless killings. Our prayers […]
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of NFL great Bobby Mitchell. He was a true pioneer for African Americans aspiring for a career in the NFL. He was a valued member of the FPA family. We salute Bobby for his contributions to the game and for his inspiration to so many.
On Sunday, February 23, 2020 NFL 360 will present a documentary chronicling the life and achievements of the FPA namesake Fritz Pollard. Be sure to tune in at 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST.
We were painfully reminded through this past hiring cycle that attaining diverse leadership in the NFL can only happen through the willful actions of the Team Owners and decision makers. True devotion to diversity starts with a recognition of the profound good that it can bring to the Game. It embraces a belief that the […]
On September 18, 2016, the Fritz Pollard Alliance issued a statement in support of Colin Kaepernick’s and other athletes’ right to freedom of expression. We were among the first organizations to do so. When Kaepernick became a free agent, we encouraged clubs to give him a chance to compete for a position. Individuals who seek employment in the […]