Photo courtesy: Bears
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Bears coach Richard Hightower joins NFL head coach accelerator program

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Bears announced recently that special teams coordinator Richard Hightower will participate in the NFL's Coach Accelerator Program.

The program is to help minority coaches build relationships and possibly become head coaches one day.

“Richard is a valuable asset to our Chicago Bears. He is an outstanding leader, teacher and communicator,” said Matt Eberflus in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about his opportunity to represent the Chicago Bears in the NFL accelerator program. He is ready to take the next step to becoming a head coach.”

Hightower has 16 years of NFL coaching experience, including the last three years with the Bears.

“In the year since its inception, we’ve been encouraged by the positive response to the Accelerator from both club owners and participants,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.”We look forward to continuing to build on an incredible program that supports diverse talent.”


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