NFL Losing Yardage On Diversity Hiring Of Coaches

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Nearly two decades ago, with few coaches of color in the NFL, the league knew that something had to be done. Spurred on by the Pittsburgh Steelers' Dan Rooney — then the team's owner and a longtime trailblazer for diversity in the league — the National Football League adopted a policy that now colloquially bears his name.

The Rooney Rule, which took effect in 2003, sought to correct inequities at the top of pro football's hierarchy by requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching vacancies.

It has been nearly 20 years, and the NFL has lost yardage.

As the league prepares for the Super Bowl later this month, Mike Tomlin of the Steelers is the only Black head coach. The Washington Commanders' Ron Rivera, who is Latino, and the New York Jets' Robert Saleh, of Lebanese descent, are the only other nonwhites in top coaching positions among the league's 32 franchises. Read more.

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