Earl Campbell: Texas Needs a Black Quarterback to Become Dynasty

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University of Texas football legend Earl Campbell sat down for an interview with the Austin-American Statesman on Tuesday, where he was asked about his thoughts on how UT can return to their dominant dynasty days. Campbell’s answer was generally shocking, and as racist as you can get, saying the Texas football team needs a “talented black quarterback” to return as a championship caliber team.
 
“Until the University of Texas realizes you have to have a black quarterback, and nothing against Ehlinger, you got to have a talented, black quarterback,” Campbell told the Statesman.

“All these schools that are winning, even in the pros, have black quarterbacks. When guys are not open, something can still happen.” Campbell said.

Campbell went on to list prominent and successful black quarterbacks from other schools like Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, as examples of they type of “talent” Texas football is missing at QB. The longtime NFL running back also listed previous black QB’s like J.T. Barrett and Vince Young from past championship college teams as examples of the need for “talented black” players. Via Breitbart.com.
 
“He reminds me of myself,” Campbell said of Hurts. “He’s a calm individual. He doesn’t get too excited and keeps it all inside. Nick Saban did all he could to kill his motivation. Jalen is one of the most classy individuals I’ve ever seen play sports. It looks like Oklahoma is going to win the Heisman a third year in a row. It looks like he’s not even running, like he’s walking.”

While Campbell isn’t wrong about the exceptional talent of the QB’s on his list, his overall analysis of the situation is deeply flawed. One of Campbell’s main arguments is he believes having a black QB would better the chances of rushing success when the UT passing game is slowed. Texas’s current QB Sam Ehlinger, who is white, is one of the overall rushing leaders for QB’s, and is considered to be one of the most mobile quarterbacks in all of college football.
 
During the 2019 season Sam Ehlinger has rushed for over 360 yards and five touchdowns during the eight-game stretch. Although there is room for some criticism in Ehlinger’s play, mobility and the ability to make plays with his legs is an extremely weak and biased argument. While Campbell campaigned for Tua Tagovailoa as one of his prime examples of a “talented black quarterback,” he seemed to fail to realize Tua is not from black decent, he’s a Samoan American. In addition, Tua Tagovailoa isn’t known to be the most athletic or mobile of the elite QB’s in college football. In fact, Sam Ehlinger has recorded more rushing yards THIS SEASON than Tua has in his ENTIRE CAREER, making Campbell’s take even more cringeworthy. Via Breitbart.com.

Another outright flaw in Campbell’s argument is his contention that “these schools that are winning, even in the pro’s, have black quarterbacks.” His notions are extremely racist and straight up wrong. For example, the Clemson Tigers won last year’s College Football Championship with QB Trevor Lawrence, who is white. The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl last season, both teams started white quarterbacks.
 
“For what it’s worth, Joe Burrow – who is white – has the LSU Tigers on top of the college football world at this moment. Tagovailoa, Hurts, Trevor Lawrence, Deshaun Watson, Kelly Bryant, Jameis Winston, A.J. McCarron, Cam Newton and Greg McElroy have all been quarterbacks of recent national championship teams,” Via Fox News.

Earl Campbell is considered to be one of the greatest RB’s in college football history, winning the Heisman Trophy while playing at Texas in 1977. Campbell went on to have a tremendous NFL career playing for the Oilers and the Saints during his nine-year Hall of Fame career. Although Campbell is considered to be one of the greatest college running backs, his take on Texas needing a “talented black quarterback” to win football games is outright racist, with obvious tones of a deeply rooted bias.

What a shame…


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