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Fall football — or the fall of football?

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Reckoning With The NFL's Rooney Rule

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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores watches a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Civil rights leaders who met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday called for the league to establish specific recruiting and hiring procedures for executive and coaching positions, with meaningful consequences for teams that do not abide by the rules. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs in January. Tomlin is currently the league's only Black head coach. Ed Zurga/AP hide caption

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The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities, a process that begins as early as Tuesday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is shown here speaking in Miami in February. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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