Lowell Perry (1931-2001) became commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 21, 1975. The Michigan native was appointed by President Gerald Ford. Perry was also a businessman and professional athlete. After playing college football for the Michigan Wolverines, Perry was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers in 1953. His career was cut short by a hip and pelvis injury suffered during his rookie year. He went on to become the first black assistant coach for an NFL team, as well as the first black to broadcast a national game.