In Black America Podcast: John B. Wooten, “Godfather of the NFL” – Part I
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents part one of a two-part discussion with John B. Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation. When the Cleveland Browns selected Wooten in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, it proved to be one of the most important drafts in Cleveland Browns history. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 1959-1967 and then the Washington Redskins from 1967-1968 and during the 1960-1963 off seasons he was a junior high school teacher at Addison Junior High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Wooten has been involved with the NFL for 44 years and served as Director of Pro Sports Advisors (Agent for Professional Athletes – 1973-1975); Player Personnel (Cowboys – 1975-1991); Director of Pro Personnel (Cowboys 1980-1991); Creator/Director of Player Programs (NFL – 1991 – 1992 (developing programs for Continuing Education, Financial Assistance, Family Assistance, Internship for NFL Players; Player Personnel (Eagles 1992-1993); Vice President Player Personnel (Eagles 1994-1997); Assistant Director of Pro/College Scouting (Ravens 1998-2001), Consultant-Player Personnel (Ravens – 2001 until he retired in 2004) and is President of Wooten Printing, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.