TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill has received the Paul “Tank” Younger Award for diversity in his hiring practices.
|BIDWELL HONORED—Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell answers questions during media day for the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 27, 2009.
The award is presented by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, formed in 2003 to promote diversity and equality of job opportunity in coaching, front office and scouting staffs in the NFL. The award recognizes individuals for their “extraordinary contributions toward diversity in the NFL.”
Pollard Alliance Chairman John Wooten says that, going back to the days when the Cardinals played in St. Louis, Bidwill has a history of hiring minorities to administrative and authoritative positions.
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney received the award last year. Other past winners include Ozzie Newsome, Tony Dungy and the late Bill Walsh.