I’d like to proffer a little perspective on the run of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
The NFL has a long history of redirecting would-be Black quarterbacks to other positions because these Black athletes were considered to be too athletic (whatever that means) or not intelligent enough to make the decisions that quarterbacks make. (Ask Tony Dungy and Kordell Stewart).
The three gentlemen above are Steve McNair, Randall Cunningham, and Michael Vick. All of these quarterbacks, and we could say the same of Vince Young and Cam Newton, were and have been a threat to run and a threat to throw. Their games were and continue to be highly scrutinized, as fans and NFL pundits search for proof that these running Black quarterbacks are simply not NFL quarterback material. When their teams lose, they shoulder the brunt of the responsibility–irrespective of their offensive output or quarterback rating. People say, “He just didn’t get it done.”
On the other hand, for three and a half quarters of every game in which he’s started, Tim Tebow has been…shitty…as a quarterback based upon any criteria we typically use to determine the effectiveness of a quarterback. I submit to you that if any Black quarterback were to stink up the place as consistently as Tim Tebow has, irrespective of the team winning, people would be clamoring for a replacement.
Also, where Black running quarterbacks have been moved away from their natural talents and forced into being pocket-passers (not necessarily a bad thing), the Broncos has restructured itself around Tebow’s strengths (running) and away from his weakness (throwing!). Then we hear that Tebow is changing the landscape of football–that he just wins–that he’s a new breed of quarterback.
Let me ask you this: Is Tim Tebow a better runner or thrower than Michael Vick, Vince Young, or Cam Newton?
A common thread of understanding amongst Black people is that we must work twice as hard for the same recognition that is readily given to White people. You might not like how that reads, but it’s just reality for Black people.
Tim Tebow, what is the definition of White privilege?