Michael Wilbon Calls Aaron Rodgers A Black Quarterback And An ‘Honorary Brother’ Because He Can Move In The Pocket
Eric Goldschein 06:00 pm, January 08th, 2015
So this was kind of weird: On "PTI" this evening, Michael Wilbon noted that the media (and society, perhaps) likes to divide certain physical attributes between different races. Like, you know, running fast is a black thing. And Aaron Rodgers can move in the pocket. Therefore, he's a black quarterback. I think? I'm really not sure what the point of this comparison was.
Here are his words directly:
Wilbon: Aaron Rodgers makes plays with his legs. I'm gonna go some place here. We've gotten to the point where we look at athletes and we ascribe athletic attributes to black people and we talk about somebody being a black quarterback, and he's athletic! Aaron Rodgers -- Kornheiser: You saying Aaron Rodgers is black? Wilbon: He could be. He's honorary, a brother. You know why? Because he moves his feet. Kornheiser: You should have led the entire show with that. Wilbon: That revelation. Aaron didn't even know that. Aaron Rodgers can move as well as any quarterback black or white has ever moved. If Aaron Rodgers can't move the way he does, which is almost like ballet when he's out there, Tony... Let me add this, the weather doesn't help the Packers but helps the Cowboys, because they run the football. And when you can run it, you can do that in any weather.
I'm not sure that people are ascribing anything to black quarterbacks other than the fact that they are black. A guy that can move in the pocket and have success -- and let me just throw a few names out here: Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton -- is called a mobile quarterback. That's about where it should end.
Also, that bit about how he "can move as well as any quarterback black or white has ever moved"... kind of sounds like he transcends race, hombre.