Updated: May 25
The Rooney Rule is an NFL diversity policy that requires teams to interview ethnic minority candidates for coaching and front office positions. It was named after Dan Rooney, the late owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and chairman of the league's Workplace Diversity Committee.
The policy aims to increase the number of minorities hired in leadership roles and to develop a deep, sustainable talent pool at all levels of the organization. The Rooney Rule has undergone several "enhancements" over its lifetime to ensure more equitable hiring practices and greater opportunities for Black and other ethnic-minority candidates.