When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, coach Tony Dungy of the Colts and the Bears' Lovie Smith will face each other on the sidelines -- and make history. For the first time, the head coaches will both be African American.
It's a real milestone. In the NFL, where 70 percent of the players are black, just under 19 percent -- or six out of 32 head coaches -- are African American.
Floyd Keith, executive director of the Black Coaches Association, said he hopes African American kids watching the Super Bowl "will now say, 'I can be the coach one day, too.'"
Still, there's more progress to be made. The first African American General Manager in pro-football was named just FOUR years ago.
Of course, when Dungy and Smith step on to the field, the only color on their minds will likely be that silver Vince Lombardi trophy.
As Dungy said, "I'm very proud to represent African-American coaches, but more than that, it's about the Indianapolis Colts."
That's a page from my Notebook.