“When They Have an Opinion It Matters” – Analysts Highlight the Importance of NFL QB’s in Racial Inequality Video

June 9, 2020 3:51 pm

Last week a few prominent NFL players put out a video urging the league to admit they were wrong in silencing players from peacefully protesting. The video also urged the league to “condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded and announced a massive donation on behalf of the league’s ‘Inspire Change’ initiative. Now analysts examined the importance of quarterbacks being part of the video.

Analysts comment on NFL QB’S presence in racial inequality video

On ESPN’s Get Up, Jason Reid said, “We know this is a quarterback league. We know that Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are two of the brightest young stars in this game. And quarterbacks are the most protected class in this league and they dominate the discussion in this league and they are the face of this league.

“So with both of those young men. When they attached to that video project and gave a commitment that they were gonna do that. It fundamentally changed the discussion in the NFL quarters as a power. Because you could not be opposed to what these young stars, these guys, who are going to make the owners a lot of money over the next decade, 15 years. It just fundamentally changed the conversation.”

Former Defensive Back Domonique Foxworth, too, begrudgingly accepts the importance of a quarterback.

“Yea, I do think that the quarterback is a different animal in this league and they matter more than anybody else”

He highlights the importance of the QB and how they have immense drawing power.

“The quarterbacks move the needle, no one tunes in to watch defensive players or really that many offensive players. The numbers change when quarterbacks show up, the jerseys bought are quarterbacks.”

This, as per Foxworth, makes a quarterback’s opinion more likely to be heard and taken seriously.

“So when the most prominent quarterbacks are black and outspoken and even the quarterbacks who weren’t in the video. Many of them are black and outspoken on social media about these issues. When they have an opinion it matters more. I think the owners and the league have to listen more when the quarterbacks feel something. Because they are the stars, if you think of this as a television property, those are the leading men.”

Finally, he admits it is nice to see the NFL respond, and he echoes the league’s statement.

“People tune in to see those guys. I’m happy to see them taking their power and using it this way. It’s nice to see the NFL is responding to it, but I think more is expected.”

What do you make of the impact of the NFL megastars in helping the league change its stance on player protests?

Reubyn Coutinho

Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate. He has also had candid chats with the sport's rising stars like Marcus Almeida and Sage Northcutt. Before moving to the editorial team, Reubyn primarily covered UFC and was on the desk for events such as UFC 249, UFC 251, and Daniel Cormier's retirement bout at UFC 252. As someone proficient across the board, he has also written for the F1, NBA, Boxing, and NFL divisions. Away from his professional pursuits, Reubyn is a film aficionado and loves engaging in discussions about movies.

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