Your right Philly about the prejudices in the north. I now live in Michigan and they are more obsessed about razzing me about Alabama than they are at supporting Mich. or Mich. state. Some Mich. state people still hate Saban and I think that's hilarious. The women though, have another stereotype for me just 'cause I'm from the south and I think that's funny also., but I'm getting way off course. I find there is just as many or more "rednecks" near where I live than in the whole state of Alabama. Suffice it to say that most of my fondest memories of Alabama football is due to black players and /or what the team accomplished. That is all I'm going to say on this subject.
Couple of thoughts: (1) There are white Alabama fans who secretly don't want a black Tide QB, period, regardless of ability, but there are people of this mindset everywhere (not just at Alabama) and the people who think this way are not in charge of recruiting or player development at Alabama. (2) The absence of prominent black quarterbacks at Alabama is part and parcel of a larger problem, namely that Alabama has not produced an NFL caliber QB, of any skin color, over the past approximately 30 years. Richard Todd (circa 1982) was the last Bama product/NFL starter of any note, and Kenny Stabler (circa 1970) was the last truly great Alabama quarterback. So, by force of logic, if we are not producing starter NFL quarterbacks, at all, then we are not producing any black ones, which perhaps gives rise to the perception that we are not giving black quarterbacks a chance.
^^ This is true I've heard the "black QBs aren't smart enough" argument from people in the past unfortunately and I dont mean the distant past. My dad used to have that same mindset which is embarrassing but the many amazingly black QBs that have invaded football over the last 15 or so years has changed his mind completely. Michael Vick is his favorite player to watch, I mean its hilarious to see the man crush he has on Vick. He was actually more interested in Winston's recruitment than I was and he was devastated when he signed with FSU and is still bitter about it (so am I) lol Hes been cheerleading Blake Sims and the hope that he gets a chance to start because of his athleticism and mobility.
As far as the NFL QBs go Greg and Brodie have started... but I think AJ is gonna change that perception in the next few years.
Lets not forget Vince Sutton.
The past is the past. Whether or not we've had black quarterbacks isn't relevant to his argument. He says we don't actively recruit black quarterbacks and won't play them now.
It's hard to believe that he doesn't know who our head coach is, and that would be the only plausible explanation for his argument. Because if he knows Nick Saban is coaching a Bama, (and I think it's a safe bet that he does) he also knows that if we haven't had a black quarterback since 2007 it's because our best quarterbacks have been white. Saban wants to win, and there is no way in hell he'd sit a black quarterback who gave us a better chance at winning. Furthermore, Can anyone really believe that Saban would allow some big money booster(s) to dictate what he puts on the field? If there ever was a day that some good ole boy with deep pockets had a say so in who played what position for Alabama, it hasn't happened in the last 6 seasons.
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