It’s Super Bowl week in Houston, Texas. Many folks will merge on to the Bayou City looking to have tons of fun as well as attend many NFL themed events plus the celebrity parties . One event that sure will be a top is the NFL Themed Johnnie Cochran Salute to excellence event hosted by the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation. The event will salute former HBCU All Americans as well as other national and local stars. The event is hosted by my good friend, Max Edison , sports director of the famed Houston Defender. The event will take place February 2, 2017 starting at 5.pm at the Kingdom Builder’s Center located on West Orem in Southwest Houston. NFL Hall of Fame members that are from HBCU’s. Gentlemen like Elvin Bethea, Ken Houston, Mel Blount, Aeneas Williams, Jackie Slater, Jerry Rice, etc. Also Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams will be in attendance. Come out and support a great cause as well as support History as the NFL greats are saluted for their hard work on and off the field. This is an event you don’t want to miss……
Here ‘s a little background information on the importance of this event.
On September 30, 2002, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and Cyrus Mehri issued a ground-breaking report – Black Coaches in the National Football League: Superior Performance, Inferior Opportunities- revealing that black NFL head coaches are held to a higher standard than their white counterparts, and are consequently denied a fair chance to compete for head coaching jobs.
The report opened the NFL’s eyes to its teams’ unfair hiring processes. One month later, on October 31, 2002, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the formation of a diversity committee, headed by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, to address the NFL’s minority-hiring practices. Within two months, the League announced a diversity plan, which included the requirement that each team interview at least one minority candidate prior to selecting a head coach. The Rooney Rule has already positively impacted the League.
On March 10, 2003, the Fritz Pollard Alliance was formed as an affinity group of NFL minority coaches, scouts and front office personnel. During the last couple of years the FPA has worked with the NFL to develop hiring guidelines for front office and scouting positions as well as talent development programs. The FPA advocates for policy changes in the NFL hiring practices and working in partnership with the NFL to create opportunities for minority candidates.