Statement of Rod Graves

Executive Director Fritz Pollard Alliance October 12, 2021 Jon Gruden’s exit reminds us why leadership positions in the National Football League (NFL) should be more thoughtfully and deliberately filled with men and women who can provide the proper representation. The NFL and Las Vegas Raiders ownership responded appropriately by accepting the resignation of Gruden for […]

Statement on Behalf of the Fritz Pollard Alliance

The following statement by Rod Graves is in response to the alleged comments made by Jon Gruden regarding DeMaurice Smith: The insensitive remarks made by Jon Gruden about DeMaurice Smith are indicative of the racism that exist on many levels of professional sports. Furthermore, it reveals that the journey for African Americans and other minorities […]

Response to NFL All Black Officiating Crew

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 […]

Fritz Pollard Alliance 2020 Career Development Series, July 6 through, July 16, 2020

Below are video links to the Fritz Pollard Alliance 2020 Career Development Series. Phase I Presentations 07/06/20 RB & WR Presentations – 07/07/20 OL Presentations – 07/08/20 DB & LB Presentations – 07/09/20 DL & ST Presentations – 07/10/20 QB Presentations – 07/13/20 GM Presentations – 07/14/20 President and People and Culture Presentations – 07/15/20 […]

Statement from the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation

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 Mourns the Passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell

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.