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That was Fritz Pollard who was head coach of the Akron Pros in 1921. As far as 'modern day' NFL goes, that would be Art Shell who became head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1989 season.

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Fritz Pollard of the 1921 Akron Pros is considered the first black head coach in the history of the National Football League.

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