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All 22, Black Quarterbacks, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, NFL -

Until last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Dak Prescott had failed to surpass 200 yards passing in a game this season. He also had a pair of sub-200-yard games to end last season. In the modern NFL, with the rules skewed to encourage passing, those numbers are certainly cause for concern. Over that five-game stretch, […]

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All 22, Black Quarterbacks, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL, Patrick Mahomes -

The Kansas City Chiefs were very good offensively last season, but Patrick Mahomes’ performance this season has them playing at an even higher level. However, his progress is even bigger than that. While black quarterbacks are no longer as rare as they once were, negative stereotypes about their intelligence and ability to play the most […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Black Quarterbacks, CulturePlay, Lamar Jackson, Quarterbacks -

It has sunk in for Lamar Jackson: He’s a professional quarterback in the NFL. But some of the responsibilities that go along with his position with the Baltimore Ravens, who went 9-7 last season, still feel surreal. It’s May 2018 and the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is signing cards and participating in a Panini America […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Chuck Knox, James Harris, Los Angeles Rams, NFL -

After Chuck Knox died on May 12, newspaper obituaries painted a completely inoffensive picture of the longtime NFL head coach, who led three different teams to the playoffs over 22 years. The New York Times intoned Knox’s nickname of “Ground Chuck,” in reference to his devotion to the running game. In the Los Angeles Times, […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Cam Newton, Doug Williams, NFL, NFL Draft, Steve McNair -

ARLINGTON, Texas — Only 19 African-American quarterbacks had been selected in the first round of the NFL draft before Thursday night. That small club expanded as the Baltimore Ravens drafted former Louisville star Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick. There’s talk out there that the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner isn’t suited to line up […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson, NFL -

The scouting criticism bombarding Lamar Jackson, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner courting the affections of quarterback-thirsty franchises for the upcoming NFL draft, sort of smells like racism, but we lack enough evidence to positively identify it as such. Had Jackson been aiming to become an engineer rather than an NFL quarterback, he would seek employment […]

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Anquan Boldin, Black Quarterbacks, Chiney Ogwumike, Chris Archer, Dear Black Athlete, NFL, State of the Black Athlete -

Legendary football coach Eddie Robinson had a stark message for star quarterback James “Shack” Harris when he left Grambling State University in 1969 to try his hand as a pro quarterback, then one of the whitest positions in sports: “Do not come back and say you did not make it because you are black.” No […]

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Black History Month, Black Quarterbacks, Eldridge Dickey, NFL, Oakland Raiders -

Eldridge Dickey became the first black quarterback selected in the first round of the AFL or NFL drafts when the Oakland Raiders drafted the Tennessee State product 25th overall in 1968. Born: Dec. 24, 1945 Died: May 22, 2000 His story: Dickey quarterbacked Tennessee State to the National Black College Football Championship during an undefeated […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Doug Williams, NFL -

Long before Doug Williams became a hero to Washington Redskins fans and an inspiration to African-Americans in a groundbreaking Super Bowl win, he was already a star quarterback at Grambling State University. After his historic playing career ended, Williams then coached his alma mater to championships. Later, he was a scout and a player-personnel executive. […]

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Black Quarterbacks, NFL, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks -

“Listen, son, you’re never going to play in the National Football League. You’re too small. There’s no chance. You’ve got no shot.” These are the words that former North Carolina State head football coach Tom O’Brien uttered on a phone call with one of his quarterbacks in the spring of 2011. That quarterback, who had […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills, NFL, Tyrod Taylor -

During a two-week span in the regular season, two stories were written about Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor: After Bills coach Sean McDermott benched Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman (who would go on to throw a record-tying five interceptions in the first half), we made the case that Buffalo played itself by giving […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, NFL -

No one knew it at the time, but the Dak Prescott era of the Dallas Cowboys began on Jan. 15, 2015, on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. Prescott, of course, hadn’t yet turned pro. He had recently finished his junior season at Mississippi State, where, during his four years, […]

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2007 NFL Draft, Al Davis, Black Quarterbacks, JaMarcus Russell, Lane Kiffin, LSU Tigers, NFL, Oakland Raiders -

For one season, “misunderstood” might be the best way to describe JaMarcus Russell. It’s the lone word in the bio of his inactive Twitter account, which isn’t verified and hasn’t yielded a tweet in nearly five years. He joined the social media platform in the summer of 2010 — the same year the once-promising quarterback, […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick, NFL, San Francisco 49ers -

It’s easy to forget how great of a football player Colin Kaepernick once was. After the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem in August 2016, he became a political and social lightning rod, known more for what he did on the sidelines than what he was capable of on […]

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Atlanta Falcons, Black Quarterbacks, Michael Vick, NFL -

In the summer of 2004, the Tennessee Titans got their first up-close-and-personal look at the human highlight reel that was Michael Vick. The Atlanta Falcons had made the 250-mile trip for a set of joint practices with the Titans in Nashville, Tennessee, and Vick, the 24-year-old superstar quarterback, put on an absolute show. By then, […]

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Black Quarterbacks, NFL, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins -

For one season, Robert Griffin III was an NFL superstar quarterback. “There were just certain defenses you couldn’t play against him,” said two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan, who coached Griffin during his spectacular rookie season. “I had never been around a quarterback quite like Robert.” For one season, Griffin captivated the nation’s capital. “RG […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Jeff Fisher, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Texas Longhorns, Vince Young -

Vince Young will go down as one of the greatest college football players in history. This we know for sure. No matter which accolade you choose, the former Texas quarterback was one of the best. The 30-2 career record. The 4,000 yards from scrimmage and 38 touchdowns his junior year. The two Rose Bowl wins, […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, UCF Knights -

As the late Dennis Green prepared to coach his Minnesota Vikings against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 14, 2001, he was asked about his faith in going into such a big contest with his second-year quarterback and first-year starter, Daunte Culpepper. “He’s had a great year,” Green told reporters. […]

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Black Quarterbacks, David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL -

When David Garrard first started playing football — by his estimation, at around 8 years old — the future Pro Bowler for the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn’t seen as a quarterback by his coaches. At Neal Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, he was immediately put at fullback because he was so much larger than the […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills, Commentary, NFL, Tyrod Taylor -

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Tyrod Taylor sat out the last few plays of the Buffalo Bills’ season Sunday after suffering a head injury. Call it a glimpse into the franchise’s future. For weeks now, flashing neon signs have pointed toward Taylor becoming a former Bills player, and he likely moved much closer to the exit after […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Kordell Stewart, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers -

The Pittsburgh Steelers caught a glimpse of their new game-changer early in training camp in 1995. During a sprint session that wide receiver Yancey Thigpen usually dominated, a new kid was making a mad dash at the king. “I was in a nice little stride, and all of a sudden this guy is step for […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Tony Banks -

The story of Tony Banks is one of expectations not meeting reality. It’s a story of endless potential never quite evolving into tangible results. Over the span of six seasons, three teams named Banks their starter for a total of 78 games, based on the promise of a smart, big-arm quarterback who was mobile enough […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Charlie Batch, Detroit Lions, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers -

As he ran onto the field with his Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Charlie Batch could not have thought of a more perfect setting. Batch was making his Super Bowl debut for the Steelers — his hometown team — playing in the city where he made his NFL debut with the Lions. […]

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Aaron Brooks, Black Quarterbacks, Drew Brees, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Saints -

When you think of New Orleans, sports and Hurricane Katrina, the first person who normally comes to mind is Drew Brees. The current Saints quarterback, who signed a year after Katrina slammed ashore with 150 mph winds, has always been viewed as the savior of the city, guiding New Orleans through one of the most […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Black Quarterbacks, HBCU, Heisman Trophy, Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans -

It never feels right when The Steve McNair Story starts at the end. Then again, it feels even weirder that McNair’s story already has an ending. McNair’s July 2009 murder, on Independence Day no less, reverberated throughout the NFL community. There were the uncomfortable details that emerged in the days, weeks and months after the […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Brett Hundley, Cam Newton, DeShone Kizer, Geno Smith, Jacoby Brissett, Jameis Winston, NFL, Russell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor -

Raise of hands: Before Tuesday, how many of you realized Geno Smith was on the roster of the New York Giants? Yes, Smith’s been pacing the sidelines for the disappointing Giants (2-9) this season. Now Smith, the former second-round pick who has played four games the past three seasons, gets to make NFL history. When […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Brian Billick, Cincinnati Bengals, East Carolina Pirates, Jeff Blake, NFL -

From the moment Jeff Blake signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, the veteran quarterback was salivating. As Blake left Brian Billick’s office after a preseason meeting to discuss what was expected of him in Baltimore — he was to back up projected starter Chris Redman — Blake turned around with a message to his […]

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Andre Ware, Black Quarterbacks, Detroit Lions, Heisman Trophy, Houston Cougars -

Of the five players shown on television just before the winner of the 1989 Heisman Trophy was announced, just one, Andre Ware, showed signs of nervousness as his eyes kept dancing up and down and left and right. Who could blame him? Ware knew that despite a season in which he threw for 4,699 yards […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Carl Banks, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Randall Cunningham -

He was the NFL’s first superstar dual-threat quarterback, a prolific runner and passer whose personal highlight tape has withstood the test of time. During a 16-year career, Randall Cunningham accumulated victories and oh-wow plays in bunches. He was a Pro Bowler. He was an All-Pro. In one season, he passed for almost 3,500 yards and […]

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Black Quarterbacks, CFL, Houston Oilers, NFL, Warren Moon, Washington Huskies -

Warren Moon stays busy. The only African-American quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Moon is an analyst on Seattle Seahawks broadcasts. Throughout the NFL season, his work with the team keeps him on the go. But it’s Moon’s other role as a mentor to young black passers that occupies much of his time. […]

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Adam Silver, Allen Iverson, Atlanta Hawks, Baseball, Basketball, Black Quarterbacks, Black Twitter, Cam Newton, Chris Rock, Colin Kaepernick, Football, Hip-Hop, Instagram, Ken Griffey Jr., LeBron James, MLB, NBA, NFL, NFLPA, Race, Rap, Social Media, Television -

The National Football League, the American sport that comes closest to resembling a religion, has its end times in sight: the year 2021. “The likelihood,” NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in August, “of either a strike, or a lockout is in ’21 a virtual certainty.” Doomsdays. Humanity has always been obsessed with […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Chicago Bears, NFL, USC Trojans, USFL, Vince Evans -

A nationally televised college football game played 50 years ago helped change the course of Vince Evans’ life. Evans was excited by that 1967 matchup (No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 4 USC), thrilled by the high stakes between the teams (a trip to the Rose Bowl) and impressed by O.J. Simpson’s 64-yard touchdown run early […]

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Black Quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills, Doug Williams, James "Shack" Harris, James Harris, Los Angeles Rams, Marlin Briscoe, NFL, Warren Moon -

On a sun-splashed afternoon in late August, two distinguished men stood on the sidelines during Washington Redskins practice in Ashburn, Virginia, observing players for hours, chatting and comparing notes. Doug Williams, who had recently been promoted to Washington’s senior vice president of player personnel, knows how to evaluate talent. He didn’t really need any help. […]

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