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January 3, 2011

How the NFL Got the Rooney Rule

Law professor N. Jeremi Duru explains how Johnnie Cochran and other lawyers helped push the NFL to examine, and change, its hiring practices for coaches.

Andrew Golding

Obituaries for Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., when he died at age 67 in 2005, began by noting his successful representation of O.J. Simpson in his murder trial. Few of the death notices credited Cochran for his contribution to racial progress in the NFL coaching ranks, which didn't approach reflecting the diversity of the league's players before Cochran got involved.

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