Browns receive inaugural award for commitment to workplace diversity, equity and inclusion

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are being championed by an organization of league workers and sports professionals—awarded for their commitment to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion by the Fritz Pollard Alliance in an inaugural recognition.

On Thursday, the Browns received the inaugural John B. Wooten Award, named after the two-time Pro Bowler who played on the offensive line for the Browns and was a longtime NFL executive. Wooten now serves as the Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a non-profit organization made up of NFL scouts, coaches, front office personnel, and other sports professionals.

The award was presented to the Browns for their diverse workplace environment that includes Andrew Berry, one of seven Black general managers in the NFL, Glenn Cook, the Vice President of Player Personnel and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who was Vice President of Football Operations before being hired by the Vikings to be their GM.

Cleveland also holds numerous other minority employees in football operations, scouting, research, and strategy, as well as other areas within the organization.

The coaching staff is diverse as well and includes Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods and Chief of Staff Callie Brownson, one of the few female coaches in the NFL. The Browns staff also includes Ashton Grant, who joined the team via the Bill Willis Coaching Fellowship, created to help elevate a minority coach on the offensive side of the ball, as well as four fellows on the business side of the organization.