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Newsletter - February
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and acknowledging of our leaders, the inventions, discoveries
and accomplishments throughout history.
the month long celebration of Black History Month began, and due
to the Superbowl taking place this weekend it’s only
appropriate to honor and pay tribute to the two (2) NFL African-
American Coaches who have made history this year.
Mr. Tony Dungy the Head Coach for the Indianapolis Colts,
and Lovie Smith the Head Coach for the Chicago Bears (who
studied under Dungy) will be playing against each other in this
weekend’s XLI SUPERBOWL.
THE FIRST 2
AFRICAN AMERICAN COACHES TO GO TO THE SUPERBOWL.
See their history below.
know…there are a very few African-American head coaches in the
NFL. Actually, this
year (2006-2007) there were only 6 of them out of 32 NFL head
coaches, and from all the reports I have read recently the ONLY
head coaches with PERFECT records are AFRICAN-AMERICAN.
These 6 Head coaches are: Marvin
Lewis - Bengals, Herman Edwards - Chiefs, Art Shell -
Raiders, Dennis Green – Cardinals, and of course Tony
Dungy – Colts and Lovie Smith – Bears.
to say, among the many issues African Americans endured
throughout these 200+ years in these United States, of course
there was a major Color Barrier problem in the NFL since the
inception of professional football in 1920. The sport enlisted a total of 13 black players from 1920-1933,
some of which went on to distinguish themselves off the field
and others pretty much faded into anonymity.
of the very first African-American to play in the American
Professional Football Association (later became the National
Football League) in 1921 was Frederick
Douglas “Fritz” Pollard, who in 1923 became the head coach
of the Akron Pros becoming the first black coach in the NFL.
However, there were not another black head coach in the league
until 66 years later, who was and still is Mr.
Art Shell head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989.
To my dismay, one thing I discovered was that black
coaches "back then" was not allowed on the sidelines
interacting with their players as they are today, instead they
were forced to sit on the bench while the team captain ran the
game on the field. Even
though Mr. Pollard’s achievements were exceptional which
proved the capabilities of black coaches, still by 1934 there
were no black players on any NFL teams, and there were none
until after World War II for at least a period of 12 years.
(Check out Mr. Pollard’s book called “Pioneer
in Racial Advancement”,
written by John Carroll).
football historians were not quite sure why blacks were
excluded, but according to Thomas G. Smith (Author) the person
who should be blamed for this exclusion is George Preston
Marshall (Former Owner of the Washington Redskins), which was
documented in Mr. Smith’s article in
the Pale: The Exclusion of Blacks from the National Football
League, 1934-1946," from the Journal of Sport History.
Mr. Smith wrote “...even though Mr. Marshall was known
as putting the NFL on the map, he was openly racist and his team
would not be integrated until the Kennedy administration forced
him to do so in 1962..."
Additionally, Mr. Smith wrote in his article “...some
historians suspect that other owners did not want to offend
Marshall by signing a black player, and so black athletes were
passed over...” Mr.
Smith further wrote “…there were many quality black athletes
on major college teams during the 1930s but during this
depression decade it would have been detrimental to an
organization to hire a black man when so many white men were out
of work...” It was even acknowledged and admitted that
there was an unwritten rule barring blacks from football known
as "A Gentleman's Agreement". Per Mr. Smith's
article a former player Mr. Kemp (former player for Pittsburgh
Pirates now Pittsburgh Steelers) indicated that former Coach
Paul Schlisser of the Chicago Cardinals admitted that there was
indeed "A Gentleman's agreement", Schlisser further
stated that the barring of blacks was for their own protection
due to opposing teams in the league beating up on black players.
this “color barrier" was broken in 1946 when the Los
Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington (who had been a star for
UCLA in the late 1930’s setting records for rushing and
thereafter Mr. Paul Brown, coach and part-owner of the Cleveland
Browns vowed to sign the best players "regardless of
color," and signed two black players-Bill Willis and Marion
and Motley prevailed even though they were targets of hostility
from spectators and players nationwide, and faced not only
dehumanizing insults but also a barrage of physical and verbal
assaults directed at them for daring to oppose football's
unspoken segregation. Author
Mr. Thomas G. Smith
stated in his Article Mr. Willis and Mr. Motley were not allowed
to play games against the league's team from Miami because
Florida state law prohibited integration.
Mr. Brown's lead, more and more owners added black players to
their team rosters until 1961, according to Mr. Smith 16.5
percent of NFL players were black.
however was slow and the newly-signed players encountered
prejudice from opposing teams and endured
the indignities of discrimination off the field as well as with
hotels that would not allow them to stay and restaurants that
would not allow them to dine.
is no doubt that these early African-American football players
endured a lot and was hailed as
pioneers in their chosen sport of football...they indeed with
their stubborn determination were, whether by choice or by fate,
pioneers in the civil rights movement as well.
collected from: Jodi L. Miller
in Racial Advancement” by John Carroll
the Pale: The Exclusion of Blacks from the National Football
League, 1934-1946," from the Journal of Sport History by
Thomas G Smith
through the Reintergration of Pro Football: http://www.freedomcenter.org/football/
to Mr. Dungy and Mr. Smith on their accomplishments. I hope
your favorite team wins the Superbowl. As for me I am just
happy for the history that is made this year.
DUNGY CAREER HISTORY
Indianapolis Colts, Head Coach
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Head Coach
Minnesota Vikings, Defensive Coordinator
Kansas City Chiefs, Defensive Backs Coach
Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Coordinator
Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Backs Coach
Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Assistant Coach
University of Minnesota, Defensive Backs Coach
San Francisco 49ers, Player
Pittsburgh Steelers, Player
University of Minnesota, Player
of January 23, 2007, four members from Dungy's coaching staff are head
coaches of other NFL teams:
Edwards for the Kansas City Chiefs or the (Assistant head coach
under Dungy at Tampa Bay)
Smith for the Chicago Bears (Linebackers coach under Dungy at
Marinelli for the Detroit Lions (Defensive line coach under Dungy
at Tampa Bay)
Tomlin for the Pittsburgh Steelers (Defensive backs coach under
Dungy at Tampa Bay)
SMITH CAREER HISTORY
Name the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year
Hired as 13th Head Coach for the Chicago Bears
Rams Defensive coordinator
to 2003 season Rams Assistant
Head Coach with the Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Coaching Linebackers (under Tony Dungy. )
Defensive back coach at Ohio State
Defensive Back Coach at Tennessee
Linebackers Coach at Kentucky State Univ..
Linebackers Coach at Arizona State.
Linebacker Coach at Wisconsin State Univ.
Linebacker Coach at his alma mater of Tulsa College
Coaching at Cascia Hall Prep in Tulsa
Began Coaching Carrier at his hometown high school, Big Sandy High
School in Texas
at Tulsa, where he was a linebacker before moving to strong safety and
earning two-time All-America and three-time All-Missouri Conference
defensive back honors.
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