Mike Tomlin, NFL Minority Head Coaches and Creating Stronger Opportunities

January 14, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As we typically see around this time of year heading into the start of the NFL Playoffs, head coaches are being fired, interviewed and hired around the league with teams that did not make the postseason. 
I felt prompted to write this article as I watched "Outside the Lines" today on ESPN, and the topic of discussion revolved around African-American head coaches and giving them opportunities to have successful coaching campaigns in the NFL and NCAA football. 
The topic of discussion was the 'Rooney Rule' that was implemented in the NFL.
The Rooney Rule was implemented in 2003 and mandates that NFL teams interview minority candidates for various head coaching and senior football operations opportunities. 
This rule stems from Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and the Rooney family tradition in providing African-Americans a chance to grab a leadership positions. Rooney is also chairman of the NFL's diversity committee. 
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