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Jimmy and Dee Haslam Named Paul 'Tank' Younger Award Winners for Promoting Diversity

The Haslam family earns its first piece of positive press in a while.

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has made headlines for mostly negative reasons in the past year. This time, the publicity is for a different reason.

Jimmy Haslam and his wife, Dee, have been honored as the recipients of the 2015 Paul "Tank" Younger award.

Presented by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the award is granted to an NFL executive, coach, or owner who promotes racial and gender diversity by employing people of diverse backgrounds within the organization.

The Haslam's earned the distinction by hiring Ray Farmer as an assistant general manager and Sashi Brown as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2013.

The award will be presented to the Haslam's at an event at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday, February 19.

The award's namesake, Paul "Tank" Younger, was the first NFL player from a historically black college and the first African-American to be hired for an executive role in an NFL front office. Following a successful 10-year NFL career as a fullback and halfback, Younger served as a scout and executive with the Rams and then as an assistant general manager with the Chargers before returning to the Rams.

Past recipients of the award include the Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, the late Al Davis, Ozzie Newsome, Tony Dungy, and the late Bill Walsh.