Black quarterbacks have no role models in the NFL

Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Campbell addresses why African-American NFL quarterbacks don't have any heroes to look up to.

In baseball, African-American players can look up to guys like Vida Blue and Hank Aaron, who broke down racial barriers in their sport. In boxing, fighters can point to Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali for inspiration. On the hardcourt, ballers grow up wanting to be like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Michael Jordan. When he won the Masters, Tiger Woods saluted all the great African-American golfers who came before him and were not allowed to play in the game's most important tournament.

Yet when you talk about all-time great quarterbacks in pro football, the names most enthusiasts throw out are Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Namath. No one mentions Doug Williams, even though the former Grambling State quarterback began his professional career in 1978 by guiding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to its first three winning seasons — and then capped it off with an MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII while leading the Washington Redskins to victory.

Williams is the only black QB to win an NFL championship, but you don't hear Michael Vick, Vince Young, and Donovan McNabb saying they want to be like the guy who passed for five touchdowns in the second quarter, a Super Bowl record.

The reason: Vick, Young, and McNabb have been pacified by the NFL's insistence that quarterbacks have to be like Tom Brady and the Manning brothers. The irony is that Vick, Young, and McNabb have been widely criticized for playing the game the same way Unitas and Staubach always did, with attitude and athleticism. The NFL's three most prominent black quarterbacks would have won a Super Bowl by now if the franchises they play for allowed them to use their speed and quickness that made them superstars in little league, high school, and college.

Instead, Vick, Young, and McNabb became complacent, allowing team owners, general managers, and coaches to tell them how they should play the game — by dropping back in the pocket like Brady.

That's why I'm rooting for Cam Newton, the electric Carolina Panthers rookie from Auburn. I believe he'll become the first African-American to truly give younger black quarterbacks — such as Baylor University's Robert Griffin III, this year's Heisman Trophy winner — someone to follow.

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raferjohnson.johnson
raferjohnson.johnson

Yeah, whitey always keepin' the black man down.  Get a life and a new porch.

Tamss13
Tamss13

Love the comment.....That is the issue.....Doug Williams was an all time great quarterback and I agree with what Luke was saying..... Got to get past the person that is making the statement, but look at what the statement is......and it is the truth.

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Marty
Marty

By the way, the "black people r good friends and cannot stand u!!!!

marty
marty

Hey Luke, my name is Marty and I used 2 be your travel agent. you and your company ripped me off for over 10 grand. 2 of your "Black People" lost their job because we had 2 close. why dont u pay me what u owe and quit complaining about everybody else that doesnt think like a thug and a crook?????

Richard Tebaldi
Richard Tebaldi

This is the kind of title for an article that I believe perpetuates racism. Not worth reading.Please get a job you can do Mr. Campbell. I'm going to assume you perpetuate it because it may make you feel important by talking this nonsense. Grow up!

REAL-I-TY
REAL-I-TY

Strange has serious race issues. Look at the Dolphins!!!

Thbroome
Thbroome

i'm pulling foor Newton to but, you Luther Campbell are a idiot.

Mike
Mike

What about Randall Cunningham and Warren Moon? Both of these guys way better than any African American QB today....

Correrajohn1441
Correrajohn1441

Maybe when it doesn't matter who's black or white, we will be able to get past race. But American blacks and white liberals continue to want to put color into the equation. Why is it so bad for a modern day black man to aspire to the greatness of an accomplished white man or visa versa? I'll tell you why, because modern day black Americans are angry, bitter and resentful of our past and refuse to forgive and move forward. Well, expect it to continue. I wish Martin Luther King was alive, race issues would be very different today. But you've got Luther Campbell, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Good luck with that.

Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

So Santorum and Gingrich are liberals now? If MLK was alive today, he wouldn't step foot in Liberty City, where most of Luke's constituents suckle the public tit.

White people - cleaning up minorities' shit since 1964!

Fan8157
Fan8157

always blame someone else

GUEST
GUEST

Just wait until E J Manuel QB from FSU hits the NFL! That man LOVES to run.

joepacini
joepacini

Another brilliant commentary from a brilliant African-American!

Frankie
Frankie

I saw the title and knew that this article was by Luke .. only one stupid enough to write this crap.

Skippy
Skippy

It would be extremely hard for you to name ONE white quarterback that a black american would consider him their role model. On the other hand, many whites don't have that issue, it's just so darn hard to find one but we keep hoping. Blacks idolize blacks period! How many blacks mention Larry Bird when they talk about the best players ever in the NBA? I have your answer -zero-Reminds me of the seen in Coming to America when Clarence the barber is discussing the greatest boxers of all time and jumps all over Saul because he mentions Rocky Marchiano... who by the way beat Joe Louis...Next article Luke!

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Why are there so many black football players and so few black coaches an cheerleaders then?

john
john

F-U fing racist!Why do Blacks need ONLY Blacks as role models you liberal waste of a life. You are such an fing troll and don't understand it is racist phucks like yourself that keep racisim alive and minorities down.

Please do us a favor and drop dead you phuck

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I knew that guy was full of sh!t! I knew it!

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Bash Bros
Bash Bros

I agree with you LUKE.... The old "white is right" mentality. But i like Cam and what he's doing. I remember all the talk about him being "dumb" before he was drafted. Never heard that about a star white college QB....especially one that won the Ship and the Heisman. They took all kinds of shots at that kid and also complained that he smiled too much.

Glad Poppa Newt raised him well.

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

There ya go again Puke. Spewing garbage out of them elephant foreskin soupcoolers of yours. Fisrt of all ya douche bag, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier not Blue or Aaron. Second, how can you compare Doug Williams to Joe Montana? Yeah Puke, its all about the white man pacifying the black man..blah blah blah blah blah. You sir are one ignorant nigger. Yes!! Nigger!!!

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John_Blanchard
John_Blanchard

Warren Moon anyone? I agree that NFL coaches are too controlling and reluctant to innovate, but it is simply amazing there's been so few "traditional" quarterbacks that are black.

Doug Williams is one. Rodney Peete had quite a good career. Randall Cunningham became much more of a drop back guy in his late career.

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Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

It's easy. Name one white NFL player who has been caught dealing drugs, fighting dogs, selling scam cell phones, beating their wife, killing a person while driving drunk...

Niggas don't last long enough to be superstars when they can't keep themselves within the boundaries of the law.

Edited to add: don't forget to list the white guys who shot themselves in the leg while illegally concealing a weapon.

TheTruthRuth
TheTruthRuth

Maybe you should do your research before asking that question. Without blinking, I can name Big Ben aka "I throw touchdowns and take a$$, but don't call it rape",Todd Marinovich aka crackhead, Barret Robbins aka "I kill people for fun", Mark Gastineau aka "don't beleive everything you hear about me", Ryan Leaf aka 'I'm not a role model, I sell and do drugs" I can forward you a slew of names for college and pro football.

Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

Big Ben is automatically guilty, but MJ Wacko and Kobe were wrongly accused, right? I guess OJ gets a pass too. Anyway, I can back up my list with convictions - can you?

Joseph Kemp60
Joseph Kemp60

Name one white boy that can play the cornerback position? Havent seen a white boy play cornerback since Jason Sehorn. And he sucked. Havent seen a good white Running back in 30 + years. You will never see a white boy run a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash. When was the last time a cuban was drafted at any position? Can cubans play football? I have never seen a cuban with athleticism

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NYCTransitblows1000timesdis

Typical ignorant fool.. There are TONS of white players in college that do and CAN but since we have a RACIAL CASTE system in the NFL, you don't know that.. and PS.. sehorn was a good player. There are many white MEN that do run 4.4, 4.3... You LIKE the racial caste system the way it is now... of course NOT the QB Position, though, right? Give those white guys a shot and they do FINE.. I give Bellecheck credit for that.. he explores.. BREAK the racial Caste system that does not ALLOW white players to play certain position when before they did... Now go feed Vick's dogs...Negro felon league bee-Yotch that you are...

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Them niggas are so good at corner because they be used to running backwards in jail so they asses not be ripped up.

Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

Niggas grow up running from the cops, so of course they're faster. All the slow ones are in jail. Shit, even some of the ones that make it to the NFL can't stay out of jail

Dwayne L Smith
Dwayne L Smith

Luther, stay in your lane.

Trav
Trav

What u mean by that? Luke got soldiers out here thats ready to ride. The niggas need to go back to New Orleans.

Trav
Trav

When are you going to get into lil wayne? This dude still moochin off our city. He was at the the Heat game Monday night. He does nothing for our community like Bosh, Wade and James. If he is caught in any club, someone needs to knock out his grill. Give back buster.

colq101
colq101

their grandmas who raised them aren't good enough role models? Yes if luther Cambell has a job at the new times then all black quarter backs were raised by their Grandma! Please send luther to journalism school already! And FYI NEW TIMES I will never ever click on one of the adds strewn across any page that luther's face or words are on nor tell any friend hey check this link out. So NO the answer is NO it aint working!!!

chris n
chris n

I knew this article had to be authored by this piece of bigoted racist trash. He is like Al Sharpton. He fans the flames of racism for personal promotion and financial gain. He and people like him are a disgrace to the Black race.

Cigar
Cigar

"pacified by the NFL's insistence that quarterbacks have to be like Tom Brady and the Manning brothers"

Are you a nut? Wait, I already have my answer.

RichardM
RichardM

Luther make some more crappy music and stop trying to get publicity by saying stupid things.Comparing Joe Montana to any black quarter back is beyond stupid unless you can name one who won four superbowls. You are a moron

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pghjim

Yes, Cam Newton would be the black quarterback for all the young blacks to emulate. When Cam attended the University of Florida where he was on the football team, it seems that he stole somebody's laptop computer and was arrested for theft. When the campus police came to his dorm room to question him about the theft, he threw the computer out of the window toward the dumpster. That is why he did not complete his football career at Florida and is why he transferred to Blinn College in Texas before going to Auburn. Yes he will be a great person to look up to.

Luke Athletemaker Mc Cray
Luke Athletemaker Mc Cray

i'm black...and you are absolutely right BILLYBOY ON ALL TOPICS.why do race have to be a part of any sports topic.MR CAMPBELL you need to step back and view your own situation and your PURPOSE IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY as well as communities of all race that buy or bought your music or there of.

Billyboy
Billyboy

You schmuck and racist... they haven't won because they are not as good as Brady, Brees, Manning, or Rodgers. Quarterbacks are supposed to "throw the ball" and run as a last resort... not run first... that is the running backs job. Tebow isn't doing well either because he is a "running" quarterback... oh yeah, and he is white. Will you not be happy until blacks dominate EVERY position? Blacks make up 70% of the NFL but only 12% of the USA population, but you still are not satisfied. Now NFL teams need to interview one black coach for every new coaching position... when does the favoritism end? I feel sorry for the Asians and Latinos who are underrepresented in the league. Your observation is a joke... just like you. It would be nice to see a few more black athletes give money back to their communities rather than spend it on their bling instead of expecting all of us whites to save your people... go save yourselves.

Bash Bros
Bash Bros

Yet if you ask the sports guys on TV they are putting TE-BLOW in the same category as Cam. If Cam played like TE-BLOW do you really think he would have a chance in hell? REally?

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

BB, What sports guys?? Everyone I've heard has Newton being great this year. I have yet to hear anyone say that Tebow is better than Cam. The racist hear sir is you(Teblow etc..) Apart from being black you are also ignorant.

Ann
Ann

You are correct in some aspects but you also sound like a racist.

Schmidtcoprops
Schmidtcoprops

You schmuck and racist... they haven't won because they are not as good as Brady, Brees, Manning, or Rodgers. Quarterbacks are supposed to "throw the ball" and run as a last resort... not run first... that is the running backs job. Tebow isn't doing well either because he is a "running" quarterback... oh yeah, and he is white. Will you not be happy until blacks dominate EVERY position? Blacks make up 70% of the NFL but only 12% of the USA population, but you still are not satisfied. Now NFL teams need to interview one black coach for every new coaching position... when does the favoritism end? I feel sorry for the Asians and Latinos who are underrepresented in the league. Your observation is a joke... just like you. It would be nice to see a few more black athletes give money back to their communities rather than spend it on their bling instead of expecting all of us whites to save your people... go save yourselves.

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Luke,Serious question: why does a role model have to be of the same race???

 
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