It's not possible to watch football on TV and avoid thinking about race. When broadcasts begin by showing head shots of the starters on each team, I always count. Usually, the defense is mostly or all Black. So are most receivers and running backs. You get some white guys on the offensive line, maybe at tight end, and disproportionately at quarterback.
When this racial division isn't what I see, I watch the guys who are the anomalies -- a white cornerback or a black quarterback. Few of them are merely mediocre; most are really good at their positions. In 2007, 70 percent of NFL players were Black. Doug Williams was the first Black quarterback in the Super Bowl in 1988; I remember that. It was exciting.
Retired wide receiver Keenan McCardell pointed out that players are not ignorant about insults past.
In 2003, Limbaugh had said the media over-praised McNabb because he was a Black quarterback.
And Mathias Kiwanuka, the New York Giants defensive end pictured above, was even more blunt:
How many taboos did Shields break there? Check it out.