The NFL strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion. The NFL DIVERSE TALENT COMMUNITY is a recruitment platform that encourages quality, dynamic candidates with diverse backgrounds to join its ranks. Its goals are to engage, educate and support registered members, connect them with an NFL Community Manager and serve as a shared talent acquisition database for Human Resources across the NFL and its 32 clubs.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

- Maya Angelou, Poet
“We’ve found that when at least one member of a team has traits in common with the end user (customer), the entire team better understands that user (customer). A team with a member who shares a client’s ethnicity is 152% likelier than another team to understand that client.”

— Harvard Business Review
“A diverse team with diverse experience will solve a problem more creatively and faster than a team that looks the same and has the same experience base.”

- Dawn Hudson, NFL
“I have to opportunity to affect a community, I got an opportunity to change lives and give people a sense of hope. That’s something I like to do. That’s how I want to live my life—flying under the radar, affecting people, doing the right thing and just playing football.”

- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“Without diverse leadership, women are 20% less likely than straight white men to win endorsement for their ideas; people of color are 24% less likely; and LGBTs are 21% less likely. This costs their companies crucial market opportunities, because inherently diverse contributors understand the unmet needs in under-leveraged markets.”

— Harvard Business Review
“I think that being from England I have a unique story compared to a lot of people in the NFL. It’s great to put the UK on the map as I continue to play well and I hope to continue to help the game grow over there…That’s really why I hope to continue to play well and keep being a good ambassador for the UK.”

- Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
“We believe in diversity. We believe that we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table…”

- Commissioner Roger Goodell
“Leaders who give diverse voices equal airtime are nearly twice as likely as others to unleash value-driving insights, and employees in a “speak up” culture are 3.5 times as likely to contribute their full innovative potential.”

– Harvard Business Review
“The second step is changing the culture of the hiring managers within the organization to show them that females can be very successful and explain to the them the benefits of having gender diversity within your organization."

- Sam Rapoport, NFL