The first black head coach in the modern era of football was Art Shell of the Raiders.

The first photo was taken by staff photographer Leo Cohen on July 26, 1977 during Oakland Raiders training.

The second photo, taken by staff photographer Russ Reed on March 4, 1980, shows Art Shell (left) and Gene Upshaw in the locker room. Both Raider greats are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception”, one of the most controversial plays in NFL history.

All photos taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania December 23, 1972 by Lonnie Wilson, Oakland Tribune Staff Archives