On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 12th annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute to Excellence Awards held during Super Bowl XL week.
Several top executives of NFL teams and two African-American head coaches were honored at the unique event in Houston. The awards are sponsored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, an organization of NFL executives and others who work to increase access and opportunities for minorities interested in coaching, front office and scouting positions in the league.
The foundation is an outgrowth of efforts by the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., Cyrus Mehri and John Wooten, who pressured the NFL for better minority inclusion. That resulted in the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minorities for head coaching and top executive positions.
Featured on today’s program are Doug Williams, personnel executive for the Washington Redskins; Anthony Lynn, head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers; Kevin Warren, chief operating officer for the Minnesota Vikings; and Reggie McKenzie, general manager for the Oakland Raiders.