JOHN SMALLWOOD, Philadelphia Daily News
- Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell is the fourth African-American to guide a team to a Super Bowl, and it doesn’t matter.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy and Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith destroyed the NFL’s last great myth about minorities when they met in Super Bowl XLI.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reaffirmed that race has no significance in determining success when he joined Dungy as the second African-American to win a Super Bowl last January.
So now Caldwell being an African-American coach in a Super Bowl is no more significant than his becoming the fifth rookie head coach in a Super Bowl.
And wasn’t that the purpose of the Rooney Rule when it was established by the NFL in 2003?