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 his shameful and inexcusable behavior, which
is why we look forward to continuing our work to help them ensure that they
are taking the right path forward with future hiring decisions and
There is no place for head coaches who secretly – or brazenly – share
Gruden’s small mindedness. We encourage in-depth due diligence and benchmark
best practices on all levels when offering positions of leadership. It is
imperative that all candidates espouse the values consistent with the
The mission of the Fritz Pollard Alliance is to work continuously to ensure
that the policies and procedures of the NFL promote the best interest of the
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