Perceptions on Race and Profiling in the NFL


Published: April 29, 2009


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The reasons for their lack of field presence seem to run from the historical perceptions that still exist in some circles, even now.

Some of these being:

  • Blacks don't have the capacity to lead.
  • Blacks aren't smart enough to make good decisions on the field.
  • Blacks rely too much on their physical ability to be intelligent signal-callers.
  • Blacks are better suited for running than passing.

That being said, do you agree?

Now, I happen to feel that it is less about the tendency of the black athlete to be a scrambler than it is about the coach who nurtures the athlete in that way.

Take Michael Vick.

At Virginia Tech, he was a god. Everyone thought that he was going to make a major impact in the NFL as both a passer and a scrambler. He was the complete package—a game-changer.

It was okay for him to make people look silly as he scrambled outside the...

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