16 Sep 2005
LeCharles Bentley of the Saints is the only black starting center in the NFL. Why? What is it about center, quarterback, punter and kicker that makes them predominantly white positions, and what is it about football that makes the rest of the sport predominantly black?
Pete Prisco writes about Bentley but doesn't really answer any of those questions. "There are no white cornerbacks starting in the NFL, but that's for skill reasons. Nothing else," Prisco writes, without offering any evidence. What makes Prisco so sure that blacks have skills that whites lack when it comes to playing cornerback? And what makes him equally sure that whites have no skills that blacks lack when it comes to playing center? He doesn't tell us. Still, it's an interesting read.
74 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 7:10pm by Mr Shush
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