The Blemish on the National Football League

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 […]

FPA Supports NFL Workout for Colin Kaepernick

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 […]

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ROONEY RULE IS WORKING TO BRIDGE THE NFL’S RACIAL DIVIDE The Fritz Pollard Alliance co-founder says it’s an uphill struggle but progress has been made By: Cyrus Mehri February 12, 2019 The Undefeated recently conducted an unprecedented poll of NFL fans’ perspectives on race, which shows remarkable support for the Rooney Rule, the requirement that NFL […]

Media Surrounding the Updated Rooney Rule

ESPN: “NFL CREATES LIST TO STRENGTHEN ROONEY RULE” WASHINGTON POST: “NFL TOUGHENS ITS ROONEY RULE STANDARDS FOR INTERVIEWING HEAD COACHING CANDIDATES” REUTERS: “NFL TO STRENGTHEN ROONEY RULE REQUIREMENTS”

Fritz Pollard Alliance Applauds the NFL’s Initiatives to Strengthen the Rooney Rule

Media Contact: Aurora Matthews Phone: 301-221-7984 aurora@newheightscommunications.com December 12, 2018   Fritz Pollard Alliance Applauds the NFL’s Initiatives to Strengthen the Rooney Rule   WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 12, 2018) — After months of discussions between the National Football League and the Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA), the NFL today announced that it is strengthening the Rooney Rule. “These Rooney Rule […]

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. […]

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 […]

Former NFL players encouraged to pursue a career in professional scouting

A new program designed to encourage former NFL players to pursue a career in professional scouting will launch this year, the NFL announced today. The NUNN-WOOTEN SCOUTING FELLOWSHIP, named in honor of longtime Steelers personnel director BILL NUNN and former NFL player and front office executive JOHN WOOTEN, will be administered by the NFL’s Football Development […]