|Fritz Pollard, the 1st black quarterback in the NFL!|
I would like to see the Steelers and the Bears play in the Super Bowl not because I grew in the area but because they both are lead by African American coaches. That is very significant to me because of the opportunity that it provides the world to see black men in leadership roles which is important for our young people to see. The images that are constantly shown of this group of men hasn't always been encouraging. There are so many African American kids that haven't had the privilege of growing up with father's or positive influences. By seeing these successful guys on the side lines they may be encouraged to do great things with their lives. Everybody can't be a star player.
When I was a child we didn't see guys coaching that looked like us so therefore, very few kids aspired to coach. It was the same way with playing quarterback. Black kids weren't allowed to play that position when I was coming up so it was a big deal when guys like Randel Cunningham and Warren Moon made it to the NFL. Every kid in the neighborhood believed that they could play quarterback after seeing those guys perform.
Did you realize that Fritz Pollard was the very first black coach in the NFL back in 1921 when he was a player and co-coach for the Akron Pros? It wasn't until 1989, nearly 60 years later, that the Oakland Raiders hired Art shell to lead their team. Then there a ten year gap before Denny Green was hired by the Vikings in 1998. It wasn't until 2003 that two African Americans ever coached in a playoff game. Herman Edwards' NY Jets defeated Tony Dungy's Colts 41-0 in a wild card game.
I'm thankful that my children can grow up during a time that it's normal for them to see people that look like them having success in this country. It wasn't that long ago the opportunity didn't exist. My dad was a college quarterback in the 1950's but wasn't allowed to play at the predominately white schools. His only choice was to play at a black college and he chose Texas Southern University. After college very few black players were given a chance to play professionally. Of course, guys like Jim Brown played but it's nothing like it is today. More than 80% of the NFL is African American.
I praise God for the opportunity these guys are getting because it makes the world a better place when diversity is appreciated. I'm happy that in this country not only African Americans but all minorities including women are sitting at the table of opportunity. Now it's not where we all want to see it yet but for those few that get the opportunity please make good on it so that others like you can shine. With all of that being said, Go Steelers and Bears!!!
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