Jason Campbell on McNabb's Comments
So McNabb's comments--white quarterbacks "don't get criticized as much as we do, they don't"--have set off the predictable round of blah blah blah.
White columnists no like-y. Gregg Doyel: "I'm calling it stupid. I'm calling it intellectually lazy. And I'm calling it cowardly." Steve Serby: "Rush Limbaugh was wrong when he suggested that fans are rooting for black quarterbacks to succeed, and McNabb is every bit as McWrong now." Mike Celizic: "No one ever got anywhere by playing the victim, not in a meritocracy like professional sports, at least." Jeff Miller: "It's all too convenient, which is true of the best excuses."
Black columnists beg to differ. Mike Freeman: "Well, duh." Jason Whitlock: "He'd simply stated the obvious in the most inoffensive way possible. McNabb's comments were not angry, defiant or whiny. They were matter of fact."
Since, based on the photo above, I appear to be white, I'll go ahead and be contrarian and say yeah, duh, of course McNabb is right, why all the angst? And even if you don't agree with McNabb, White Columnists, stop trotting out Rex Grossman as the unstoppable counterargument. Rex Grossman isn't good. McNabb is good. You need to find a white QB who's good and who still gets dumped on, the way McNabb's been dumped on this week.
But regardless, Jason Campbell was asked about his friend's comments today, and here's what he said:
"As a player and as an African-American quarterback, sometimes you have to support other African-American quarterbacks in the league. At the same time, that is something I can't get caught up in. That's his opinion and some other peoples' opinions, but I look at everybody the same. I respect everybody the same, anybody who plays the quarterback position. It's the hardest position to play in professional sports. I support any guy that's in a starting position or getting playing time in the quarterback position. You get graded, you get rated differently than any other position on the field.
"For 90 percent of the game you have the ball in your hands, and everyone's watching you and all the mistakes that you make. Since you are in the spotlight, everything gets noticed. It's a tough position to play, but at the same time you have to have a short memory. I don't look at it as a color issue; I look at it as all of us in a brotherhood together."
Later, SportsTalk 980's Jerry Coleman ran Campbell down for some further comments about McNabb.
"He's one of the winningest quarterbacks in the NFL, in his era," Campbell said. "He's one of the top five quarterbacks in his era. So I think he deserves more support, and I think right now he just feels like he's not getting that support that he needs, and it kind of carried over to him just coming out with it. I haven't been on that side of it yet. All the Redskins fans have done nothing but support me: they've been behind me, they've given me the opportunity to grow and become the player that I want to be in the NFL, and that's how you've got to be. You know, when Peyton first started out, Peyton wasn't the same thing he is now, but Indianapolis's coaches and their fans gave him the opportunity to grow into the quarterback that he is now."
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