Larry Fitzgerald                                                                                    Ray Lewis                                                                                   Michael Vick


The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, located at the University of Central Florida , publishes the Racial and Gender Report Card annually to indicate areas of improvement, stagnation and regression in the racial composition of professional sports. Recently the Institute reported using data from the NFL 2010 season the demographics of the players, managers and coaches. While the NFL had to focus on labor issues, Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the League Office. It is imperative that sports teams play the best athletes they have available to win big games.


The percentage of African-American players in the NFL for the 2010 season was at 67 percent. The all-time high for African-American players was in 2003 at 69 percent. The percentage of white players was 31 percent. As you can see this is a complete turn around from the number of African Americans in the NFL between 1943-1969. Also the percentage of professional staff in the League Office who were people of color increased from 24.7 percent to 25.2 percent. No person of color has ever held majority ownership of an NFL team.

There were eight African Americans as head coaches at the start of the 2011 NFL season. That is an all-time record for the NFL. Five of the six African-American head coaches in 2010 remained in their capacity at the start of the 2011 season. Seven out of the last 10 Super Bowl teams have had either an African-American head coach or general manager . The NFL League Office continued to show leadership and vision for a more diverse and inclusive NFL. Thanks to integration of African Americans in Professional Football these players have more opportunities to play, salaries are much higher the players have become famous with some having their own reality shows on television. With the higher percentage of African Americans now in the NFL perhaps are the tables now turned on the white player?


It seems there maybe some racism still in the NFL. Take a look at the 2010 NFL positions played in the game of football and the percentage of race in each specific positions:

                                 Defense                                                                                                      Offense                                       

                   CB       S          LB        DE       DT                                                QB       RB      WR      TE       OT     OG       C

     whites     2%     15%      26%       21%     11%                               whites      83%     12%    15%     54%    51%     51%     87%

     blacks     98%    84%      71%      76%      82%                               blacks     16%     86%    84%     43%    48%     43%     9%        




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