Friday, May 13, 2016

Cleveland Browns' VP sees nothing but good coming from NFL-HBCU partnership

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Sashi Brown has a degree from Harvard Law, and he’s proud of that. It helped get him where he is, which after a couple of course changes is in the front office of the Cleveland Browns as vice president for football operations.

But there’s another HU he believes isn’t getting as much notice in his success story.

“At my core, I’m a Hampton Pirate,” said Brown, HU Class of 1998. “It’s had every bit a part in shaping me and developing me into the position I’m in now.”

Which is why Brown is happy to see the NFL reaching out to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Last week, the league announced a program with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference, both comprised of HBCUs, that’s designed to add minorities to administration roles.

The initiative will include internships at the league and team levels, along with job-shadowing programs. There also will be a summit at the Celebration Bowl, a game between the MEAC and SWAC champions, in which NFL personnel will discuss non-playing opportunities in the league.


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