Author: Jason Reid
Release Date: August 2, 2022
Good history of black quarterbacks throughout the NFL and the caliber of young quarterbacks currently in the league.
Throughout the history of the NFL, there have been many players to don a jersey in many different positions. Some quarterbacks have been great, while others weren’t even the best player on the team. A far cry from most of the players to start in that position for todays’ games. However, one trait was very common for the position of quarterback for decades: they were white. There have been a few black quarterbacks with teams that challenged the status quo, but many of them never saw the Super Bowl. Flash forward to present day, names like Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Lamar Jackson are linked to high talent teams who regularly make playoff and even Super Bowl appearances. Times have changed and what is in store for the future of football?
It’s easy to forget how difficult change comes to any organization, but one as large as the NFL seems to have major difficultly making any kinds of shift. Reading this book and looking back in time, it was really startling to see how different the position of quarterback was compared to what it has become today. It’s just so easy to think of things in the present only. Reid does a great job chronicling this history and how changes came to be. He also gives dedicated chapters to several of the players who helped to shape that change as well as the current players who are pushing the envelope even farther.
Readers who enjoy documentary type reads and sports books will love this one!
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.