NFL continues to score high in hiring diversity

Third in an occasional series

Vikings President Rick Spielman
Photo by Charles Hallman

Historically, pro football has been slow to embrace racial diversity, especially at high-profile positions such as quarterback and coach. There was a nearly seven-decade gap between the hiring of Blacks as head coaches in the National Football League. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Blacks broke down the color barrier in playing quarterback, football’s central “thinking” position, but teams didn’t rush to undertake their deconstruction project in this regard.

As a result, the NFL’s on-field diversity was slower to arrive than that of other pro leagues, but according to the 2012 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), the league has scored its third consecutive high grade on racial hiring.

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