Who Wants To Be A Quarterback?

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: April 13, 2011

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

North Carolina (BASN)-A great quarterback is born not made.

He is the voice and the face of the franchise.

Therefore, he must embody the spirit and the essence of the team.

He must be a student of the game, and the second coach in the huddle

He, in fact, must be able to read defensives and make complicated offensive schemes seem simple.In other words, he must be intelligent and wise.

And while on the field of play, he must demand the respect of his team mates by earning their trust through hard work and dedication.

He also must be a leader amongst men and always remain poise under pressure.

A Black Quarterback

But if he is a Black quarterback, that pressure to perform and win, intensifies tenfold. (Ask, Donovan McNabb)

Why?Because certain people, despite not knowing him, secretly pray for his downfall, and hope that he fails miserably at his profession.

Regardless of his credentials, accolades, and accomplishment, he still will face hatred beyond reason whether he wins or loses and will be considered incompetent despite his success.

Being a Black quarterback, in fact, is equivalent to Barack Obama’s historical presidency.

Like Obama, a Black quarterback in the NFL, must not be moved by the negativity coming from the media, the general public, his inner circle, or his open enemies.

Why? Because, he will be highly criticized.

Questioned often.

Tested psychologically.

Examined emotionally.

And put under a microscope.

Along with all of this, he must also handle the institutionalized racism, the subliminal racism as well as the in your face racism that comes with such a position of power and prestige.

As a result, he must have a humble heart, the faith of his forefathers, the strength of the slaves, the love of his people and pride in his God-given ability to maintain his sanity.

Because they are people out there that want to kill his career.

But instead of using a gun to assassinate him, they will assassinate his character with the stroke of a pen.

Cam Newton’s Character Evaluation

For example, let’s take a closer look at the recent controversial evaluation of top NFL prospect Cam Newton written by Pro Football Weekly, Senior Editor, and NFL Insider Nolan Nawrocki.

Nolan Nawrocki

Nolan Nawrocki

He (Newton) is “Very Disingenuous, has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law. Does not command respect from team mates and always will struggle to win a locker room.”

After reading this scouting report, I, personally, couldn’t tell who Nawrocki was talking about.

Because it sounded like a wealthy, white CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a Caucasian news anchor reading a teleprompter on the 6 o’clock news, a lying televangelist on the 700 club praying to a white “Jesus” while begging poor Black people for money , a crooked politician asking for votes while cheating on his wife, the United States government invading and dropping bombs in Iraq, a dirty cop abusing his authority, a Jewish sports agent recruiting a Black athlete, or a Hollywood producer at a casting call.

Psychological Perspective

Now, let me explain myself before you shout that sounds racist. (Now, you know how Warren Moon feels)

Since, Nawrocki never meet Newton, his assessment of him was and is inadequate in my opinion.

In an interview with Rich Eisner of the NFL Network, Nawrocki said that he didn’t feel that he needed to interview Newton face-to-face in order to evaluate his character.

“I don’t think it’s a necessary requirement to properly evaluate the character of any player.” Nawrocki said.

“I think if you do research, you talk to the coaches, you talk to team mates, you talk to NFL sources, you can arrive at a fair assessment of their character. I think it’s the best way to arrive at that assessment …by talking to people, who knows him the best and knows his work habits.”

Projection and Personality

Psychologically, what Nawrocki did is called projection.

Projection is a defense mechanism which attributes to others feelings or aspects of self which can not be directly owned. Projection takes the onus of responsibility from the one who projects by placing (often negative) attention on the other person where unconscious urges can be safely identified.

In layman’s terms, Nawrocki disowned his own destructiveness by placing them onto Newton.

With that said, I suggest you read his character assessment about Newton again, and go watch the movie American Psycho to get a better picture of the evaluation.

In Nawrocki’s defense, Newton does come with a lot of baggage and red flags due to the “pay for play scandal”, the stolen laptop, and the allegation of cheating while at Florida.

Criticism from the critics

But to be honest, Newton isn’t getting anymore attention than Arkansas (QB) Ryan Millet or former Florida Gator team mate Tim Tebow did last year, when everybody criticized him for his love for Jesus, his pro-life and anti-abortion stance, or his poor throwing technique.

In other words, the criticism comes with the price of fame and the million dollar contracts.

Besides, everybody hates the quarterback, whether he is Black, white or Mexican.

Therefore, Cam Newton try not to be a DeMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch or Jeff George.

You can silence your critics with greatness.

Now, let’s play some football.