Ronnie Barnes, the New York Giants’ senior vice president of health care providers, was introduced with a lifetime accomplishment award at the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation’s Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.’s Salute to Excellence Awards on Thursday evening at the Atlanta Airport Marriott.
Barnes, a 43-calendar year personnel of the Giants, began his occupation with Significant Blue in 1976 and was correctly released by a further lengthy-time Big determine, Corridor of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, who also began his Giants occupation that time.
“It is a authentic enjoyment to be in this article and to accept this award,” Barnes explained. “I’d like to thank Wellington Mara, our late owner. He appointed me as the head athletic coach in 1980 and it was virtually 23 several years prior to there was a further individual of shade who was tapped to direct a health care section in our league. For him to have the vision to do that, I am truly thrilled and touched by him and by his household.”
Attendees at the party included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Giants president John Mara, and quite a few coaches and executives, including former Giants basic supervisor Jerry Reese.
The Pollard Foundation promotes diversity and equality of work opportunity in the coaching, entrance place of work and scouting staffs of National Football League groups.
“It may possibly be 43 several years, but it appears like I only arrived yesterday,” Barnes, 67, explained. “I evaluate my good results by the degree of care that we’re able to give our players and the quantity of consultants that we have and the quantity of doctors that we skilled. We have a fellowship method exactly where we’re education orthopedic surgeons and main care doctors how to be staff doctors, and that quantity is close to 60. All over the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys’ staff medical doctor, the Buffalo Bills’ staff medical doctor, the Chicago Bears’ staff medical doctor, and school and university doctors who are liable for the care of athletes, I can go on and on.
“But if you talk to me about remaining in this article at the Giants, I assume that certainly I’ve had a charmed everyday living. I owe almost everything to the Giants in terms of my good results primarily since they made available me an opportunity to be involved in any continuing education and learning work that I needed to, to be able to train and develop the health care method in this article, and I’m thrilled. I just know that at some point it will appear to an end, and that it will be time for me to phase down. I assume I’m making a foundation and a method that will go on soon after I leave.”