Art Shell: "The right person at the right time"
Oct. 3, 1989
Exactly 15 years to the day that Frank Robinson is hired, the Oakland Raiders promote Art Shell, the first African-American to be an NFL head coach since Fritz Pollard was a player-coach for the Hammond (Ind.) Pros in 1925.
"It is an historic event," Shell says. "I'm proud of it, but I'm also a Raider. I don't believe the color of my skin entered into this decision. I was chosen because [Raiders managing general partner] Al Davis felt I was the right person ...
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