By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter

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Russell Wilson                                           Dak Prescott

OAKLAND — The National Football League will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in the United States. The league must be feeling the heat, the growing heat of the last four years, losing Black fans and money. Mr. Trump added to the glowing heat of disdain as the President of the United States belittled the protesters with faux-patriotism.

It got so hot in the kitchen the conservative owners joined a business partnership with Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, Diddy, Jeezy, or T.I. the music hip hop mogul of Roc Nation.

The owners did this to represent their Black constituencies. Mr. Carter announced his “Inspire Change” campaign. This is a business partnership to fix the NFL half-time show and the mass exodus of African American fans.

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Guess the conservative owners want to forget about their blackballing former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling protest against police brutality and systemic racism. The owners think this recent deal will bring back African American fans, but if you don’t fix the problem how will this work?

The conservative owners must have forgotten they only have 1-1/2 Black ownership, they do not have Black business partners, presidents, CEO’s, vice presidents, general managers, or union leaders. Hiring Black quarterbacks and Mr. Carter is a vain attempt to mend fences with the African American community.

It is not working. Mr. Carter is just another Black face without power or control, just window dressing to placate the African American community. Mr. Carter cannot hire or fire National Football League employers.

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NFL Commissioner and Jay-Z

We must not forget history because it took over thirty years for younger African Americans to understand what Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson accomplished in the 1940-1950’s.

The same could happen to Jay-Z as many see this deal as a capitalist ploy to get Black people back in the stands, not a deal for justice and equality. It seems like money trumps justice, money trumps equality, and money trumps freedom.

(Pun intended)

Money ultimately trumps Colin Kaepernick and the conservative ownership of the NFL could not be more pleased. Shawn Carter has a large task to close the gulf between players, owners, and Black fans.

This year also will be the highest number of Black starting quarterbacks on the field since 2013. The number of signal callers in 2013-14, six.


Cam Newton                                                 Patrick Mahomes 

Four straight years African American quarterbacks guided their teams to the Super Bowl. Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton all went to the championship game in back to back years.

The Black quarterback nonsense continues to plague the National Football League informing the world that Black men cannot lead a winning team.

This is the reason many Black fans are leaving the sport. At the time of this article four teams are in need of a solid backup, The Philadelphia Eagles starter Carson Wentz goes down and the organization went to the way-back machine and signed Josh McCown who has not played a down in two years.

Does that sound familiar? The Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck retired informing his team after the fact.

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Jameis Winston                                               Deshaun Watson 

What happened to Colin Kaepernick-AGAIN? Number seven will be watching the games on television just like the rest of us.

Mr. Kaepernick was tied for 10th place in the QB rating in 2014. Colin guided his team to the NFC championship twice and he played in two NFC-AFC All- Star games. Kaepernick had a 60% completion record with 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions rushing for over 1,000 yards.

Many other quarterbacks  with lower ratings are now starting. The Miami Dolphins will start former Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick who has not won a single playoff game.

Many Black NFL fans are seeing this and want no part of it.

The owner’s excuse that signing Colin would be bad business, Kaepernick would divide their team which is a complete farce and African American fans see through this too, we all know my favorite saying by Herm Edwards former New York Jets head coach.

This year, two teams drafted Black rookies: Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (Washington) and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray (Arizona). Maybe, just maybe, the tide has finally turned with the best man playing the position.

Maybe the NFL is getting the message with Black starting quarterbacks. Maybe NFL teams really want to win this year.


 Lamar Jackson                                                  Jacoby Brissett

2019 Black Starting Quarterbacks

  1. Russell Wilson- Seattle Seahawks
  2. Dak Prescott- Dallas Cowboys
  3. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  4. Patrick Mahomes- Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Lamar Jackson-Baltimore Ravens
  6. Jameis Winston- Tampa Bay Bucs
  7. Deshaun Watson- Houston Texans
  8. Jacoby Brissett- Indianapolis Colts
  9. Kyler Murray- Arizona Cardinals

NOTE:  Dwayne Haskins Jr., the Washington Football Club’s No, 1 draft pick, will serve as a backup to Case Keenum

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Kyler Murray                                                        Dwayne Haskins Jr.

African American quarterbacks on the bench

Joe Webb-Houston Texans

Jordan Ta’Amu- Houston Texans-waived

Tyrod Taylor – San Diego Chargers

Cardale Jones- San Diego Chargers-waived

Brett Hundley- Arizona Cardinals

Robert Griffin III – Baltimore Ravens

Geno Smith- Seattle Seahawks- waived

J.T. Barrett IV- Seattle Seahawks-waived

Joshua Dobbs- Pittsburgh Steelers

Josh Johnson- Detroit Lions

Phillip Walker- Indianapolis Colts -waived

Teddy Bridgewater-New Orleans Saints

Tyree Jackson-Buffalo Bills

Waived means team released player on Aug. 31, 2019.

Will the No Fun League finally learn their lesson, best player starts? Will the conservative owners get it right with Jay-Z? Will African American fans return to the game watching Black leadership on the field? Only time will tell.

A start would be for the league to publicly apologize to Colin Kaepernick and a pledge to help make the United States a better place for everybody to live.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email glcgray@gmail.com

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9 thoughts on “2019 BLACK NFL QUARTERBACKS

  1. Why is it that you want more black QB’s in the league, but you have no issue that the number of white DB’s in the league can be counted on one hand? There is no outrage by most normal people who watch football because they don’t care about race. We want the best players on our team to win the game. You said it, best player for the job…that means regardless of race. There are more African Americans in the NFL than whites, but you will hear no complaints from the white community, because most people want a winner and they don’t care what color the guy in their team who makes the play is. Football is one of the best places to see that there are people who embrace their teammates no matter where they are from. I’d hate to see any other way. Maybe i am naive in my view, but I want someone to get a job because of their skill set, not because of someone’s agenda


    1. I will be addressing your comments very soon in the next article. Sir there are 32 teams only 10 starting black quarterbacks which means there are 23 white starting quarterbacks, … BEST MAN for the job right? as for DB’s never really counted them but again you have to play the position if you are not fast enough what do you do? question how many people of color are in executive position? What about Denver and Washington and their non-playoff status for years and years… nobody complains as they should but thats o.k. right BEST MAN FOR THE JOB Elway should be fired,,, Snyder should not own the WAshington Football Club… by your standard BEST MAN PLAYS Right?


      1. good article man. from an athletic point of view, perhaps white qbs are generally better at this position than blacks are. in the NBA, blacks are in every playing position, I would equate the PG to the QB. There isn’t a shortage of black point guards in NBA. and I know all about the intellect part of it for QB and people say blah blah that white qb’s are more intelligent than black qbs because blacks rely more on athletic ability and white on brainpower. Well what can i tell you? As a black man, we gotta fight for it but what makes you think these white jews and anglo whites will give it up to blacks when you talk about ownership, executives, management? If the roles were reversed, would you give it up? I think not. the US has always been up for grabs but white did establish it first and now jews have quite a bit of power. I believe jewish ownership is around 1/3 of the NFL and around 1/2 in the NBA. How many jewish players are there in each league? Are these guys gonna give it up for blacks to own? You think lebron makes a lot of money, imagine the jew behind him, how much he’s earned. But thats the thing with black americans, we are fighting for pie that others have already and it is our right to fight and their right to defend. It’s not like we are Asian and we can just go back to China, Korea, Japan etc for equality and all that. Like Marcus Garvey said, a long time ago, going back to black Africa and making that nation great is the only way for blacks to fully realize themselves and call the shots. All these guys, Jay Z, Oprah, diddy, whoever have plenty of money to pool together and help out. Black players alone have enough money to start their own league and call their own shots, the talent is already there, so why not do that?


  2. Kaepernick deserves a spot somewhere in the NFL. It takes courage to do the right thing and it takes stupidity to label courage as something other than what it was meant to be. The NFL may see him as a troublemaker. I see him as a man shedding light on a problem that needs all of America to see the problem to right it. Grow up NFL. Your only problem isnt concussions.


  3. This article is absolutely right and deserves attention and action if favor or putting “the best Man” on the field for the job!


  4. Great article. Black QB’s have been outed like now and through history. The list of black QB’s on the bench shows kaeey graphics. A lot of benches black young men are behind black starting QB’s so we are bunched up on same teams instead of spread across the league to gain equity. Several have been waived which is released/fired by their teams. The backup numbers then are cut nearly in half. I heard white sports announcer say about white QB that if he sits on bench 7 years and he will be good. Black QB’s have to hit the ground running or hit the road.


  5. You have black quarterbacks coming into league requiring the nfl and quarterback position. From playing tempo in college to going toe to toe with nfl’s best and taking the game down to the wire. Tom Brady said Kaepernick beat him in Division championship game and took his team to Super Bowl. This was within his first 2-3 years in nfl. Look at terrible working conditions black QB’s have such as terrible play calling, insuffficient line to block for them, and not having team built around them (except Lamar Jackson) though still they perform well or peak levels. NFL still has not addressed police brutality nor veteran homelessness from Kaepernick’s protest. I see black QB’s taking lots of head shots by defense with no flag thrown. Dak Prescott not getting his well deserved money contract is a protest against black quarterbacks. Carson Wentz and Goff’s we play is minor compared to Dak Prescott’s performance on the field.
    December 2018 was the first time I heard black sports announcers give any black quarterback their props for on the field play. They typically down them or omit their greatness. Caucasian announcers would give black quarterbacks props sparingly. Black announcers (especially new young ones) would speak about black quarterbacks with disdain, vitriol, and scowled face which are tools of Jim Crow. Doug Williams won Super Bowl for Redskins and released following year.

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