Sports and Minority News Freelance Writer
(BLACK PR WIRE) -- As February gets underway it’s always an exciting time of the year. Throughout the month we highlight the achievements of prominent black figures past and present who have helped shape the society we live in today.
It was just four years ago, Americans got to witness Democrat Barack Obama become the nation’s first black president of the United States. This historic event gave many Americans, specifically minority voters, a sense of inspiration.
Even in the world of sports, there has been defining moments. From stars like Tiger Woods, USA Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones and Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
Yet it’s been the NFL’s biggest game which has placed black coaches and players into the record books.
Since the 2006 Super Bowl, NFL fans have witnessed the emergence of four black coach’s take their team to the Super Bowl. Only Mike Tomlin of the Steelers has led his team to two appearances (2008, 2011).
The first set of black coaches was Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears) and Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts). Dungy’s Colts beat the Bears 29-17 to become the first minority coach to win a Super Bowl.
Then two years later, Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) and his Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. With the victory, Tomlin became the youngest black coach at age 36 to win a title.
Jim Caldwell (Indianapolis Colts) tried to repeat what Dungy did in 2007, but his Colts were beat by the Saints in Super Bowl XLVIIII.
So far only Dungy and Tomlin are the only two black professional coaches to win a Vince Lombardi Trophy.
This year’s championship game features a rematch between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Giants beat the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLVII.
Indianapolis is site for this highly anticipated battle. Which will feature the appearance of another African American coach—this time New York Giants Defensive Coordinator, Perry Fewell.
In his first season as defensive coordinator of the Giants it’s been a tough one. Especially, after his defense got torched by the New Orleans Saints 49-25 earlier in the season.
Now Fewell has the Giants one win from winning their second Super Bowl in four years. If New York can beat the Patriots again, then Fewell will make history as the first ever minority defensive coach to win a Super Bowl.
About Tyrone Hall
Tyrone is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. He received his bachelors of arts degree in Communications in Fall 2009. Tyrone’s primary area of concentration is in public relations. During his four years at Florida Memorial, he was a member of the university’s Public Relations Student Society Of America Chapter where he received numerous awards and honors. While a student at FLMU, Tyrone interned at Black PR Wire and was responsible for overseeing the HBCU Writers Project and company Black City Tour. During Tyrone’s spare time he is an avid sports fan. He enjoys writing sports features, poetry and watching comedic sitcoms.