Baltimore Ravens, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks discussed on All Things Considered


Quarterbacks more Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks R. V. run away NDP candidates this year if one of them wins this would be the first time in league history that black quarterbacks have won the award back to back Tyler times is a staff writer for the ring and he joins us to explain just how significant of a feat this would be welcome Hey thanks for having me so how big of a deal would this be for the NFL to have consecutive black MVP quarterbacks it would be breathtaking it will be something the realization of what generations of black quarterbacks that reader segregated from the position or kept holy how the position racially stacked into other areas of football you think specifically about James Jack Harris who played in nineteen sixty nine the Buffalo Bills who was made to come in switch to wide receiver even though he's one of the best quarterbacks in the game a little to shine the shoes and clean the locker rooms for the coaches in his in his white counterpart players so it is the continuation of a lineage of black excellence has been kept off the field for generations and to see that Lamar Jackson or Patrick my homes with a plethora of black talent that is littering our game is now the norm is only should that should be celebrated but there is so much more that we need to achieve for this to be regular well that feeling that you're talking about that black players don't belong in the quarterback role I mean that that could happen to Lamar Jackson of the ravens I understood that when scouts first met and they thought he should play a totally different position at first right absolutely this is what has been asked of him from the very beginning his mother has been so protective over him to play the quarterback position where she would walk on the field in high school and call coaches in college and tell them that he could never play anything else and so she had a vision from a very early age at Lamar Jax was going to be one of the best in the business itself that paid off to the point that he's our quarterback he's the best quarterback of the year is going to go down as one the best we've ever seen play the position okay and then there's Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks he's like what five foot eleven our quarterback's supposed to be taller than the at the way that we talk about the quarterback is that they are put it typically around six of four usually over six feet tall they usually white and using broad shoulder they play in the Midwest to the SEC they have a pocket presence for us Wilson's five eleven east two hundred five hundred ten pounds he is one of the most physical competitors at the position is ever seen which led him to a Superbowl victory this decade and so usually people are wrong about talent like that well okay then besides what Jack's animals and do on the field I'm curious is there something about the way these two guys in habit the role of quarterback that just that just feels different to look around the NFL in this he can't even just be limited to those two is a Sean what's that it's back Prescott it's patchman homes it's so many guys at this point that in body so many different parts of blackness which means they embody the human condition and how amazing how extravagant how beautiful it can be in motion and so when you look across the league you see in the pocket it's changed no longer lily white it's a different shade so I have to ask who do you think will win MVP I was Lamar tax it totally of course hi the great part is if it's not it'll be Russell Wilson so no matter what we will likely have back to back black MVPs for the first time ever Tyler times is a staff writer for the ringer where he covers the intersection of race politics and sports thank you very much for joining us thank you so much you're listening to All Things Considered from NPR news Hey.

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