Posted September 11, 2013

Panthers’ Cam Newton: Rise in black QBs shouldn’t be a big deal

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Cam Newton said it shouldn't be a big deal about the number of black QBs in the league.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Cam Newton says it’s not that big of a deal being a black quarterback in the NFL. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Of the 32 NFL quarterbacks that started during the Week 1 slate of games last weekend, a record nine of them were African-American.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was asked Wednesday if that statistic should considered be a big deal.

“Absolutely not,” Newton said, via NFL.com. “You don’t have a bar mitzvah just because you’re starting an African-American quarterback in this league.”

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Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, said he had to overcome hurdles to remain a signal-caller. Newton completed 16 of 23 passes for a career-low 125 yards in the season-opening 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“Even leading up to college, having a lot of athleticism playing the quarterback position was looked down upon,” said Newton. “Especially the size, the speed, the stature gave coaches nods to say, ‘Hey let’s put him at wide receiver, at tight end.’ I heard all that. But it never derailed me from playing or living up to my dream.”


6 comments
AdamSWalburger
AdamSWalburger

Rise in black QBs isn't be a big deal.....in other news, neither is Cam Newton.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

The color of someone's skin is irrelevant.  Their intellect, accuracy and success (winning) as a qb is what matters.  Newton is an example of someone that does not have the intellect, accuracy nor success.  His skin color is irrelevant.  

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

For a guy who constantly gets hammered in the media, Newton really does seem to "get it".  If the 32 best quarterbacks are black, white, Asian, or purple... who cares?

Race will cease becoming an issue as soon as people let it, and not one moment sooner.  Equal opportunity for everybody, and let the best person win. 

Matthew W
Matthew W

White, Black, Yellow, Brown, Green, Purple, etc whatever.....as long as my team's QB is a decent person, plays hard, and wins games...I could care less what color his skin is or what kind of God he worships. 


Pay less attention to color and more on the content of their character.

demanted101
demanted101

I'm just wondering where these guys been all those years ?  Blacks have been far more prominent in basketball and baseball for far longer.  An athlete is an athlete, no matter what he likes like under the helmet.