Atlanta, GA – 2019 will, indeed, go down as the Year Of The Black Quarterback in the National Football League, and now we have one major NFL-based statistic to prove it.
As discussed during last night’s Zennie62 on YouTube Live Show, What is it that Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson, Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, Indianapolis QB Jacoby Brissett, Dallas QB Dak Prescott, Seattle QB Russell Wilson, Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston, and Arizona QB Kyler Murray have in common? This: All of them make up a group of NFL black quarterbacks who were all 2019 NFL Players Of The Week through Week 7, and more than any other NFL player for the first time in league history.
Of the 14 NFL Offensive Players Of The Week named for the AFC and the NFC through Week 7, 9 were black quarterbacks, and five out of seven times in the AFC, and 4 out of 7 times in the NFC.
Encapsulated in the historic mark are two time NFL Offensive Player Of The Week winner Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, Cardinals 2019 NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Kyler Murray, the Bucs 2015 NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Winston, and two quarterbacks that veteran retirements made room for, Prescott (Tony Romo) and Brissett (Andrew Luck).
This is a historic statistic that should be shared all around, on every media, in every media. Too often, the media (which is still dominated by white male voices) focuses on negative news about black NFL players. Arrest reports, false rumors of violence, and disagreements with coaches, are just a few of the many bad items that get focused on, even if they turn out to be unfounded.
Meanwhile, many NFL black quarterbacks were the focus of false news and fake reports about everything from their pro days to their perceived attitude. Remember the fake news media reports about Teddy Bridgewater’s Pro Day, or how now Oakland Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock said that now Carolina Panthers, then Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton didn’t have enough heart to be a number one pick? Remember how Mayock picked Blane Gabbert over Cam Newton? And then, of course, there was the media attack on Jameis Winston for an accusation he was never found guilty of committing against Erika Kinsman.
Others in the media questioned Deshaun Watson’s intellectual ability to run a team in the run up to the 2017 NFL Draft after his wonderlic score was publicly posted.
Now, many are just plain shocked that the same Deshaun Watson can explain coverages to NFL reporters without missing a beat:
Deshaun Watson explains Carolina’s defense in 66 seconds. pic.twitter.com/8Fn4OAKHk3
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) September 29, 2019
And in 66 seconds, Deshaun Watson just proved the wonderlic test is worthless, and just may be racist, itself, in its application to NFL Football.
Because it has nothing to do with football as Shadow League explained:
For the uninitiated, the Wonderlic Test was designed by E.F. Wonderlic and was first introduced in 1936. It was used during World War II by the United States Navy to determine who is a proper candidate for pilot and navigation programs. It consists of just 50 questions and has a 12-minute time limit
But I digress.
And no one save for the Colts and Andrew Luck and a few observers (like me) gave Jacoby Brissett a snowball’s chance to do well in replacing Luck.
As Martenzie Johnson pointed out in The Undefeated last year:
On Sept. 16, Onalaska (Texas) Independent School District superintendent Lynn Redden, who is white, responded to a Facebook post about the Houston Texans’ loss to the Tennessee Titans, which ended after an error by Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on the final play, by stating: “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.” While Redden resigned from his position (forfeiting his $113,006 annual salary) and apologized for his remarks on Sept. 22, calling them “wrong and inappropriate,” his comments mirror those lobbed at African-American quarterbacks for the past half-century.
And it’s important to add that the above example shows why racism is a mental illness: a man like Lynn Redden risked his $113,006 annual salary just to write a racist post against a black quarterback on Facebook.
And what about those who said that Lamar Jackson should be a wide receiver? Where are they now?
(And thank God for Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid and now former Baltimore Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who didn’t buy into that hidden racism.)
Will all of those in the media who contributed to this racist garbage about NFL black quarterbacks ever apologize?