NEW YORK (AP) -- Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is being honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation with its ROBIE Humanitarian Award.
Tagliabue was to receive the award Monday night at the foundation's annual black tie dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. He is being recognized for his commitment to diversity, inclusion, the pursuit of higher education and his contributions to the NFL and numerous non-profit organizations. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board at Georgetown University.
Tagliabue appointed the first diversity committee of NFL owners in 2002, resulting in the Rooney Rule that mandates at least one minority candidate be interviewed for head coaching and senior front office vacancies.