Many people are rightly thrilled that two black coaches, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, will be leading teams into the Super Bowl this year.
But something else happened in football this week that hasn't gotten as much attention. And when you take the long view with African-Americans and sports, it's a big step forward, too.
Blackistone is a former sports columnist for 'The Dallas Morning News.' He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.