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The Plight of the Black Quarterback

By Miguel Lloyd

UPDATE!!! If you missed the show, check out the replay!  here 

This Sunday Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons. For many football fans, when they think about Atlanta and football, you had three thoughts. Deion Sanders, Michael Vick and futility. Well in 2011, the Falcons are coming off of a 14-2 season, and they have a solid QB in Matt Ryan. With that being said, the story of this game is not the reigning NFC South champions, it’s all about the return of the rehabilitated Vick.

Before you PETA supporters start tearing in to me about Vick’s transgressions, I am not a Vick apologist when it comes to his dog fighting escapades. This blog and and the upcoming show is about the plight of the black quarterback not dogs.

There is no other job in sports like that of the quarterback. Unlike a PG in basketball or a starting pitcher in baseball, the QB has a direct effect on every offensive play that is ran. Some fans of tennis, track & field or golf may say as individual sports, their athletes have more pressure when they compete. There isn’t anyone else to blame if they lose. Tennis players unlike golfers are not even allowed to be coached during their matches.

There is one distinct difference. Football is Americas favorite past time, so the QB, is always in the crosshairs of their supporters and critics alike. They are the faces of their franchises and the league itself.

Well it seems that when we are not hearing endless stories of the greatness of Peyton Manning, Drew Bress and Aaron Rodgers, we are also hearing about the failures of Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, Vick and David Garrard. All of these QBs have had relative success, and in the case of McNabb, great success, yet the critics are always looking for their replacements. While guys like John Beck, Rex Grossman and Alex Smith keep getting chances after chances to “prove” themselves, the critics want to make great college ball players like Terrelle Pryor and Cam Newton into wide receivers because they can run fast and are built like gazelles. If any great college turned pro quarterback of the last 5 years needs to consider changing positions, its Tim Tebow, but that is not even a topic of discussion.

On our upcoming show we are going to dig into this subject. Are black quarterbacks judged by the same standard as their white counterparts, or are they judged by standards many find hard to overcome? It seems that the natural “athleticism” of the Micheal Vicks of world benefit them all throughout their amateur careers, yet it becomes an albatross around their necks on the pro level. What about the amateur coaches? Are our pop warner, high school and college coaches doing these players a disservice by not truly developing them as “prototypical” QB’s?

Join us Wednesday September 21st at 7pm EST for this conversation. Click here to tune in live or on Replay!

UPDATE-Just added as our guest will be Former Norfolk State University QB and current Penn State Assistant Coach Kermit Buggs 

Check his bio here

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