Before this past NFL season, "The Undefeated" proclaimed 2019 the Year of the Black Quarterback. The publication's choices are not wrong.
The leading passer in the league is a Black quarterback. The NFL MVP is a Black quarterback. The Super Bowl MVP is a Black quarterback. Five of the top-10 quarterbacks in QBR are Black. After decades of being discouraged to play the position, players like Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson are changing perceptions with results.
With February being Black History Month, we at The Tylt are celebrating with some debates (and a podcast) centered around the biggest stars in football. Vote below! 🏈
Black quarterbacks cleaned up in 2019, securing major awards and led the league in a few key passing categories. Many feel this is a sign that they are finally getting the respect they deserve. But with the league being accused of colluding to keep Black quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL, their image of acceptance, let alone tolerance, isn't at an all-time high. What do you think? 🏈
Now more than ever, the dual-threat quarterback is en vogue in the NFL. Leading the charge is Lamar Jackson, who proved doubters wrong by becoming a good pocket passer, but it's his elite running ability that has separated him from the pack and made him NFL MVP. However, Michael Vick remains the gold standard for dual-threat passers with his rocket arm and legendary video game speed. Who would win in a race? 🏈
While Lamar Jackson is the latest superstar to reach the superstar stratosphere, Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson are still considered the premier passers in the NFL. Mahomes just won the Super Bowl MVP and his cannon of an arm is the envy of many quarterbacks in the league. Watson has been called the Michael Jordan of football and he has the arm talent to back it up. Who would you rather have? 🏈
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been anointed the face of America's Team. He had nearly 5,000 passing yards in 2019 and 30 touchdowns, proving he has the ability to put up big numbers in the NFL. Still, a lot of yards were working with teams game-planning for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and he has only won one playoff game in four seasons. What do you think? 🏈
He might not be playing football, but Colin Kaepernick is impacting society since kneeling during the national anthem a few years ago. Many people feel Kaepernick is a hero for bringing attention to the racial issues people of color face in the United States. Others look at Kaepernick as a disrespectful malcontent who is unpatriotic and irrelevant. Is he a hero? 🏈
Donovan McNabb had a great statistical career and the Pro Football Hall of Fame may be considering him for induction. While he may not have won any championships, McNabb finished his career with a higher win percentage, more passing yards, higher passer rating and more touchdowns than quarterback inductee Troy Aikman. Still, he was never considered the best quarterback of his era and his 1-4 record in the NFC Championship Game does not look good. What do you think? 🏈