When it comes to the Rooney Rule, the end justifies the means. Since 2003, there have been more minority head coaches than any other period in NFL history.
In 2003 only six percent of the NFL's head coaches were black. Since then the numbers are up to 22 percent. Head coaches such as Lovie Smith (above) have benefited from the Rooney Rule.
Johnson and Owens recently worked out at Santa Monica City College with hopes of making it back to the NFL.
Johnson seemed right at home at Santa Monica City College, where his college football career started. He still has his speed, quickness, and the solid technique that made him a Pro Bowl receiver. Photo by Jason Lewis
Stanford Head Coach David Shaw became the first black head coach to win a BCS bowl game when he led his team to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. A day later Charlie Strong became the second, as he led Louisville to an upset victory over No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
UCLA's 38-28 victory over USC stamps their season a success, and USC's a failure.
Johnathan Franklin's 29-yard touchdown run sealed the victory for UCLA. Franklin (Dorsey High School) rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Photo by Jason Lewis
Robert Woods (Gardena Serra High School) caught a 2-point conversion in the 4th quarter after a Marqise Lee (Gardena Serra High School) touchdown reception. USC looked like they were back in the game at that point, but UCLA answered back. Now USC looks like their failures could be historic. Photo by Jason Lewis
USC receiver Robert Woods has exceeded the hype after coming out of Gardena Serra High School.
Robert Woods had his way with Colorado's defense, as he set USC's single game record with four receiving touchdowns on the day, and he also set the USC career receptions record. He finished the game with eight receptions for 132 yards.
Nebraska stood in the way of progress, but that did not stop UCLA from capturing the nation’s attention with a 36-30 upset victory.
With the game tied in the fourth quarter, defensive end Datone Jones (Compton High School) sacked Nebraska’s quarterback in the endzone for a safety, giving UCLA a 29-27 lead. The play set up UCLA’s 36-30 upset victory. Photo by Jason Lewis
Justyn Martin stood tall in the pocket, waited for his receivers to get downfield, and then he launched the bomb. Photo by Jason Lewis
Owens returned to Dorsey High School with fellow NFL players to help young student athletes get to the next level.
Dorsey’s Delvon Hardaway (left) gets his chance to work against NFL cornerback Christopher Owens, who graduated from Dorsey in 2004. Photo by Jason Lewis
Most NFL players used their time off during the lockout wisely by staying in shape.
San Diego Chargers cornerback Dante Hughes (Crenshaw HS) grabs a hold of recently drafted St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis. Hughes was showing the rookie the ropes, but Pettis more than held his own. Photo by Jason Lewis