When people can't handle you, there is a propensity to try and discredit you.
white people are caste to certain positions in the NFL.
Small-School Stigma? Or Something More Obvious?
What does Nate lack that his former college teammate Pierre Garcon has?
8/30/09) NFL announcers, media pundits, and other assorted talking heads frequently assure the audience that NFL scouts look everywhere in their quest to find potential players. They scour the most remote locales to seek out talent ... even in some cases, tiny Division III colleges, where football programs don't even offer scholarships. This recently led me to ponder the story of second-year Indianapolis wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
Although he's well put together, Garcon is certainly not a big guy. He stands a shade under 6 feet tall. He's fast, but not incredibly so. He ran a 4.42 and a 4.45 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Furthermore, he played at a VERY small school, Division III Mount Union. Yet despite playing at such a tiny program and not possessing any outlandish physical tools, he was not only invited to the Combine, he was also drafted by the Colts in the 6th round a year ago. It gave me pause, especially when I realized he wasn't even the best player on his own college team. That distinction went to tailback Nate Kmic.
Without a doubt, Pierre Garcon was a dominant wideout at the small school level, and he put up big numbers throughout his 4-year career. His best season for the Division III powerhouse came in 2006, when he had 67 catches for 1,212 yards (an 18.1 avg) and 17 touchdowns. His long reception was 82 yards. What is odd, though, is that there have been numerous other wideouts who've played for the Purple Raiders who have also put up huge numbers, often surpassing Garcon's ... and were completely ignored by the NFL.
Let's look at some of the best recent seasons compiled by other Mount Union wide receivers; those who never even got a smell of the NFL ...
2008 -- Cecil Shorts (black): 77 catches for 1,484 yards (19.3) for 23 touchdowns with a long of 69.
2005 -- Scott Casto (White): 78 catches for 1,223 yards (15.7 avg) for 11 touchdowns with a long of 64.
2003 -- Randell Knapp (White): 69 catches for 1,467 yards (21.3 avg.) for 16 touchdowns with a long of 77.
2002 -- Jason Candle (White): 62 catches for 1,277 yards (20.6 avg.) for 12 touchdowns with a long of 84.
2000 -- Adam Marino (White): 110 catches for 1,643 yards (14.9 avg.) for 18 touchdowns with a long of 72.
When looked at in context, Garcon's most notable talent was his durability. He played well, but he played a LOT. But despite his longevity and so-called "elite" NFL-level talent, Garcon doesn't hold a single receiving record at Mount Union.
White receivers hold the school records for most catches in a game, season and a career, yards in a game, season and career, yards-per-catch in a season, and touchdowns in a game and career. Another black wideout (in his only season to contribute) holds the single-season record for touchdowns. The case can easily be made that there have been numerous White receivers at Mount Union who were bigger, faster, more productive, and otherwise more talented than Garcon.
Yet none of those receivers even got looked at by the NFL.
Garcon's teammate Nate Kmic, who is White, was even more dominant as a tailback than Garcon was at wide receiver. Kmic finished his Mount Union career as the all-time leading collegiate rusher in NCAA history (just one of his numerous all-NCAA records). Take a look at Kmic's numbers:
2005 -- as a freshman, Kmic split carries and still had 202 carries for 1,219 yards (6.0 avg.) for 18 touchdowns, averaging 110.5 yards-per-game, with a long of 95. He added 16 catches for 197 yards and 1 touchdown.
2006 -- 336 carries for 2,365 yards (7.0 avg.) and 26 touchdowns, averaging 157.7 yards-per-game, with a long of 80. He added 20 catches for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns.
2007 -- 274 carries for 1,700 yards (6.2 avg.) for 38 touchdowns, averaging 113.3 yards-per-game, with a long of 70. He added 14 catches for 117 yards and 1 touchdown.
2008 -- 377 carries for 2,790 yards (7.4 avg.) for 43 touchdowns, averaging 186.0 yards-per-game, with a long of 67. He added 25 catches for 262 yards and 1 touchdown.
Kmic's speed and incredible productivity didn't even get him an invitation to an NFL camp, much less selected for the Combine or drafted ... Kmic played on the same team at the same time as Garcon against the same competition, and was an even better player, yet he was completely ignored by the same scouts who fell in love with Garcon. Apparently the "small school stigma" wasn't part of the problem, else Garcon wouldn't be playing for the Colts right now.
So, after considering all these factors, it makes me wonder what special quality does the black Pierre Garcon have that is so "different" than all these other talented players?
You must think NFL SCOUTS AND GM'S dislike white players at the skilled positions huh?
If they are good enough they will find a spot on a NFL roster.
If not they can go where the great Warren Moon was forced to go....the C.F.L
to prove his worth.
When people can't handle you, there is a propensity to try and discredit you.
Kurt Warner had to play arena football in order to prove his worth and has a ring to show for it, unlike Warren 'choke' Moon.
The Racial Caste System in Sports
Whites always have been and still are tremendous athletes, but white heroes and role models such as Joe DiMaggio have systematically been replaced over the past 40 years by inner city blacks as the role models of American youth.
The following article by J. B. Cash is appearing in the forthcoming issue of The Occidental Quarterly, website: www.theoccidentalquarterly.com.
(11/27/08) There seems to be no slaking Western man’s thirst for spectator sports. The “bread and circuses” of the Roman Empire seem almost trivial by comparison. American culture is awash in worship of sports teams and professional athletes. Even those who excel in activities that feature very little “athleticism,” like golf and motor sports, achieve the kind of fame and fortune once reserved for kings.
Every newspaper in the country devotes a large section to daily sporting events. Every local television newscast devotes a sizable chunk of valuable airtime to sports coverage. There are entire TV networks devoted wholly to sports: ESPN, ESPN 2, the Golf Channel, the NFL (National Football League) Network, the NHL (National Hockey League) Network, and the Tennis Channel. There are pay-per-view sports events on the major cable networks such as Home Box Office and Showtime. Fox has regional sports channels in many of its larger markets. Nearly every sizable radio market has one or two stations that feature 100 percent sports coverage. From the NFL to NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), from the NBA (National Basketball Association) to the PGA (Professional Golfers Asso-ciation), each and every sports niche is covered in minute detail.
The average citizen is likely to know the names, salaries, performance records, and even the personal lives of local and national sports celebrities, but not those of his local political representatives. Sports figures who have little bearing on the day-to-day existence of fans are followed closely, while the politicians who wield real power operate in relative obscurity.
The same is true in Europe and other parts of the Western world. The games may differ: there is soccer rather than football, cricket rather than baseball, Grand Prix racing rather than NASCAR. But the attitudes are the same.
In themselves, sports are not a bad thing. First and foremost, they are fun, and fun needs no justification. It is part of what makes life livable. Beyond that, playing sports can build up one’s body, character, and community. Spectator sports can also build community and provide inspiring images of individual and collective excellence. A desire to be “on the winning team,” or to cheer it on, is undoubtedly part of the human psyche, if not human DNA. In excess, of course, sports can become bad, but that is true of everything. Excess is a particular danger today, because of affluence and leisure in amounts un-heard of in past societies.
But the real problem with sports today is who controls them and what they are used for. The popularity of sports makes them an irresistible target of those who manipulate popular culture to shape society.
Professional and major college sports are controlled by the same people who control nearly all the levers of power in our society: the same people who control the nightly news, the daily newspaper, most internet sites, the schools, government, religion, the movies and television, and publishing. Nearly to a man, they think alike on matters of morality and public policy. It’s no surprise of course, since they are all educated by the same system, a system that has formulated a rigid dogma and turned it into the ruling paradigm. They are either blissfully unaware or enthusiastically supportive of that particular way of thinking. Since they are handsomely rewarded for submission and severely punished if they stray from the program, cooperation is ensured and dissent squelched. Thus the sporting events and coverage produced by today’s system are inevitably stamped with the same ideology as the rest of its products.
There are various names for the ideology of the elite. Some call it “political correctness.” Others call it “Cultural Marxism.” But the labels don’t matter as long as one understands what is going on: the ruling elites are waging a cultural and racial war against Western values, Western civilization, and particularly Western man, i.e., the white man. In the name of the feel-good mantras of diversity and multiculturalism, all the values of traditional white civilization have been declared bad and everything opposed to them declared good. Every idea, attitude, and institution that protects the white race and promotes its continued existence is being destroyed, as a precondition for the physical destruction of the race itself. No arena of life is spared this agenda’s icy grip. Every movie, television show, news story, book, and sermon must advance it, under the watchful eye of an army of censors and snitches demanding unyielding fidelity to the agenda. No argument or evidence is allowed to challenge it.
RACIAL INTEGRATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN SPORTS
How has the once proud world of athletics fared in this climate? Sports have been especially vulnerable to racial integration and affirmative action because, while not every race has evolved the mental faculties necessary to create modern technological civilizations, every race has evolved the physical qualities necessary to sustain life. Thus it stands to reason that sports can be devised in which every race is suited to excel.
For nearly fifty years, football and other sports have allowed universities to add non-whites to their student bodies. It is easier to find blacks who can excel on the basketball court or the football field than in the physics department or the Air Force Academy. Educators find it easier to motivate blacks to play games than to study engineering. Furthermore, although the laws of mathematics cannot be adjusted in order to improve black performance, the rules of games can. There are more potential black basketball players than classics majors, and there are reduced academic requirements for student athletes. Standardized testing and grade point averages can be bypassed in the name of improving the football team. But standards are not reduced solely for student athletes, because their disruptive and retarding presence in the classroom creates a downward drag on educational quality across the board.
Professional sports have also been racially integrated, and they provide an important ideological prop for racial integration and multiculturalism throughout society. The multiculturalist agenda demands successful non-whites, and professional sports and the entertainment industry are the only sectors of the economy that reliably provide them.
Affirmative action makes many whites skeptical of the qualifications of black doctors or lawyers, for under affirmative action, even highly talented non-whites are often promoted into positions above their level of competence. But the very same whites are not skeptical of the qualifications of black professional athletes. And when blacks are massively overrepresented on sports teams, whites are wont to think that, since professional sports is a meritocracy, blacks simply must be superior athletes. Even those Whites who believe in genetic determinism and racial differences, and thus reject racial egalitarianism and affirmative action, often embrace black athletic superiority because it affirms their underlying worldview and gives them an opportunity to sincerely praise non-whites.
Thus in America and much of the West, a rigid stereotype has taken hold: of white inferiority to non-whites (with the exception of Asians) in athletics. This stereotype has created a kind of “caste system” in sports, with blacks on top, whites next, and Asians last. But a careful examination of the facts leads to very different conclusions: the stereotype of white athletic inferiority is false, and black dominance of some college and professional sports is created by systematic discrimination against white athletes.
A website has been created to document discrimination against and negative stereotyping of white athletes. It’s titled appropriately: Caste Football (www.castefootball.us). Owned and operated by Don Wassall, who is Editor of The Nationalist Times monthly newspaper and executive director of the American Nationalist Union, Caste Football has become a clearinghouse for information regarding anti-white bias in American football and the rest of the sports world.
The initial emphasis of Caste Football was on American professional and major collegiate football, but the same anti-white bias is seen in nearly all forms of athletics. And while some sports such as baseball remain doggedly white-dominated (despite Major League Baseball’s infatuation with hispanics), football has become much more popular and long ago surpassed baseball as “America’s pastime.”
Football is more than just a multi-billion dollar industry. It has become a quasi-state religion, with millions of members worshipping every Sunday in state-built “temples” and spending the rest of the week in deep emotional involvement with the game. With high television ratings for games, super-sized ratings for the Super Bowl, and non-stop fawning print and electronic media coverage of every angle of the sport, the country is awash in football 24 hours a day, not only during the increasingly long seasons but year-round thanks to the rise of the NFL Network and other corporate media outlets devoted to promoting America’s secular religion.
And the powers that be have made football a showcase for black athletic ability. They have changed the rules to favor things that blacks do well; they have ignored talented and deserving white players; and, like everything else in American public life that involves race, they refuse to discuss what is happening openly and honestly.
Consider this: in high school football, all-white or predominantly white suburban and rural teams regularly defeat their all-black and predominantly black urban opponents. This is a matter of record. Anyone involved with prep sports knows this to be true. When an all-white school meets an all-black school, the all-white school will usually win. They win with running backs that gain more yards, with receivers that catch more touchdowns, with cornerbacks that intercept more passes. When the statistics are totaled at the end of the year, the white running backs and receivers playing at the same level as the black ones do just as well. When the kids are timed and tested on their physical performance and attributes, the results are usually about the same. Thus white players win games, accumulate similar gaudy statistics, and test the same in standard drills.
Yet what happens when the big colleges start looking for players?
The colleges aggressively recruit black players and ignore white ones. No amount of success by a white running back in high school will get him a scholarship offer to play at a big Division I-A program, which feed the NFL nearly all of its players. The Caste Football website has chronicled many instances of white players who were told flat-out they were the wrong race to play a position in college, as such admissions sometimes make it through media censorship and into print. Such racial prejudices against blacks would, of course, result in media outrage and government intervention.
In an article from the Chicago Sun-Times, on December 17, 1999 by Taylor Bell titled “Questions continue to lurk under surface of recruiting,” the author questioned the racial bias in college recruiting:
"I’m not saying the only reason the two best running backs in the Chicago area aren’t being recruited by major colleges is because they are white. But you’d have a hard time convincing anyone who saw the Class 6A championship game that Naperville Central’s Ryan Clifford hasn’t got the moves, quickness, and toughness to play in Division I. Until Clifford took off like a rocket, scoring a state-record 51 touchdowns, most observers targeted Hinsdale Central’s Mike Mangan as the leading ball-carrier in the state.
"Neither of them is drawing much interest from big-time recruiters. Both have been invited to visit Ball State. Maryland is considering Mangan. Illinois dropped Clifford from its shopping list, but Indiana made a last-minute call and invited him to visit this weekend.
"Are they too slow, too small, or too white? It is a taboo subject among college coaches. Even high school coaches don’t want to talk about skin tones. It reminds of 20 to 25 years ago, when black quarterbacks were a controversial issue in college and pro-fessional football."
The same author broached the subject again in the Chicago Times March 5, 2006 issue in a story titled “Some gray in black-white issue”:
"Several weeks ago, a college recruiter called Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe to inquire about running back Matt Russell.
'Is he black or white?' the recruiter asked.
"Russell is white. He is a 5-10, 184-pounder with 4.59-second speed in the 40-yard dash who has virtually no chance of scooting around a sizable barrier that saw only one white tailback starting in Division I and none in the NFL during the 2005 season.
“'I know how it feels,' said Beebe, a 1983 Kaneland [High School] graduate, who played in the NFL for nine seasons. 'I was a white kid from a small school, and I had to prove I could play with the big boys. I was a wide receiver who had to take a long route to the NFL. I had to prove myself.
“'We live in a society where black athletes definitely are going to get the better look. I tell scouts: Look at the numbers. Look at the 10- or 40-yard dash. Look at agility, vision in the open field. Look at the tape. Evaluate a kid not by the color of his skin but by his talent. That’s what I said about Russell. What does color matter?'"
This is from a column by Bob West in the Sunday, February 11, 2007 Port Arthur News:
"If you’re wondering why North Texas was the only school willing to sign Nederland’s talented Micah Mosley as an offensive player, here’s the fact you will never get anybody to admit. Most college coaches won’t recruit a white running back, even one as good as Mosley."
Here is an excerpt from the Herald News of May 1, 2006, “Are white RBs [running backs] not given a fair shake or are they simply not good enough?” by Adam Zagoria:
"Wayne Hills running back Ray Van Peenen was named first-team All-State last winter after leading New Jersey in rushing touchdowns and total points scored. Displaying tremendous toughness and an ability to run over defenders, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Van Peenen led the Patriots to the second of back-to-back North 1, Group 3 championships and is on pace to become the leading scorer in the program’s storied history.
“'Ray’s the best back in the state,' Patriots coach Chris Olsen said unequivocally. Yet as Van Peenen prepares to compete in today’s Elite College Combine at the Indoor Sports Pavilion in Randolph, he has just one firm college scholarship offer: from Minnesota. Rutgers, Boston College, Louisville, Temple, Con-necticut, and others have also expressed interest.
"Why is that? Is it because he’s too slow? Not tough enough? Not big enough? Or does it have something to do with the fact that Van Peenen is white?
"Some experts say yes.
“'I really believe that if this Van Peenen kid, for instance, was a different color, he would have 20 offers right now,' said Nick Lubischer of EliteRecruits.com, who has been working in the recruiting business for close to a decade and is white. 'I really believe that. And I don’t blame anybody except the way things have happened over the years. If I was a Division I college coach, I would offer him a scholarship. I wouldn’t have seen color, but I think a lot of these guys do.'
"This isn’t news to Van Peenen, the 2005 Herald News Offensive Player of the Year. He’s heard it before. 'I get it a lot, actually,' he said. 'It doesn’t really bother me. I don’t let that stuff bother me because I know how I can play. If they don’t recruit me be-cause of that I guess it would be hurting them.'"
Since whites at most positions in football are intentionally ignored and not recruited to play for the major college programs, there is virtually no chance for them to play professionally. Thus the bigotry against whites expressed during college football recruiting season is extended to the professional level (the NFL), where there are not enough white candidates to compete for the skill/ball-handling positions.
Even when the few whites who are allowed to play excel, they are often ignored. In 2001 white running back Luke Staley of Brigham Young University won the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the player considered the best college running back in the country. But when he entered the NFL Draft he wasn’t selected until the final round, a throwaway pick. He was given little chance to play and was quickly out of the league. Every black player who has won the Doak Walker Award has been drafted in the first two rounds by the NFL and gone on to sign multi-million dollar contracts.
In 2005 Mike Hass of Oregon State won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the country. As with running back Staley, Hass was drafted very late and has yet to be given a chance to play in the NFL. Every black wide receiver who has won the Biletnikoff Award over the past dozen years was drafted in either the first or second round and given years and years of opportunity to develop. The disgraceful treatment of Staley and Hass is a microcosm of the institutionalized discrimination that prevents nearly all white football players from receiving the same opportunities as black players.
This egregious double standard is a fixture in the NFL and in college football, which has long shunned white players as anything but quarterbacks and offensive linemen. Almost as rare as the white running back and white receiver is the white defensive player, as it is more and more common for college and professional teams to fill all eleven starting positions on defense with blacks. Even when whites excel as wide receivers or on defense, little consideration is given to finding more whites who can play.
Given this sort of systematic discrimination, it is little wonder that the perception that white men are poor athletes has become ingrained in the public mind. A closer look shows that this is not true. Whites dominate the Winter and Summer Olympics and dominate the vast majority of popular and not-so-popular sports.
In boxing for example, most of the top fighters are white. Whites currently hold 12 championship belts out of a total of 20 from the middleweight division up. The heavyweight division especially is dominated by white fighters from Eastern Europe. You will never hear the mainstream press report on the white domination of boxing. Wladimir Klitschko, the heavyweight champion from Ukraine, routinely destroys one American “Great Black Hope” after another, which the corporate media greets with a collective yawn. The only discussion of the domination of white boxers focuses on how “bad” the heavyweight division is (because no American blacks are able to compete).
The Olympic decathlon winner is generally considered the best all-round athlete in the world. That person is nearly always white. Frequently all the top decathletes are white. Yet this fact never seems to seep into the consciousness of a society shaped by movies like White Men Can’t Jump.
Even in sports like basketball, where blacks are the majority in the United States, white players are among the best. Steve Nash has won multiple Most Valuable Player awards. Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best players in the NBA. In international play in recent years, the usually all-black USA team is routinely beaten by Italian and Argentinean basketball teams made up almost entirely of white players. In America tens of thousands of white kids are enthusiastic high school and college basketball players. If the best black basketball players in the NBA are being regularly beaten by white teams in international competition, then why is the NBA 80 percent black year after year?
There are also many sports where only whites succeed. Hockey is perhaps the best-known example, but swimming, gymnastics, power-lifting, and wrestling, to name a few, are virtually all-white endeavors, even though every urban area has ice rinks, swimming pools, and gyms. Even in an area where blacks are said to have genetic advantages such as short sprinting, whites compete, and some white runners, such as Jeremy Wariner in the 400-meters, are the world’s best.
During the 1960s and 1970s whites and blacks competed on a relatively equal basis in football. There were plenty of good white running backs and good black ones, good white receivers and good black ones. There were Russians who won the 100-meter sprint and black Americans who won. However, since the take-over of public discourse by the virulent anti-white agenda that dominates U.S. society, much of the American sports world has been turned over to non-whites.
ATHLETES AS IDOLS
White athletes are not the only victims of the racial Caste System in sports. All whites are victims. This is because athletes are widely idolized and seen as role models. The dispossession of white athletes by non-white athletes therefore reinforces white dispossession throughout society.
White boys are particularly hard-hit. Sports play a large role in the lives of most boys. Thus sports figures often serve as models of masculinity and achievement. There is nothing wrong with this, in a healthy white society. Sports have deep roots in the Western tradition. The ancient Greeks introduced the pentathlon at Olympia in 708 BC, and the Olympic games continued every fourth year for almost eleven centuries. The traditional meaning of athletic competition was to train youth not just in physical achievement, but also in the values of honor, achievement, sportsmanship, team play, rule-following, and the ability to win and lose gracefully. Sports were also seen as a training ground for war and statesmanship, famously expressed by the claim that the British victory at Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
But the idolization of athletes is quite a different matter in a multi-racial society ruled by the agenda of white dispossession. A generation of white children has now grown up hearing at every opportunity that their race is weak and physically inferior. For role models, white children have been provided an endless stream of black men.
And look at the quality! It was one thing to grow up admiring Willie Mays and Joe Louis: their public image was identical to that of their white counterparts like Joe DiMaggio and Rocky Marciano, because white athletes still set the standards of behavior.
But the black athlete of today? Black athletes now set the standards of behavior in many sports. In the game, there is trash talking, preening and showboating, and poor sportsmanship. Outside the game, there is profligacy, degeneracy, misogyny, and crime. Many black athletes are also openly disdainful of white culture and values, and of whites themselves. White boys now have “role models” who hate the kind of men their fathers are, the kind of men they will grow up to be. Should we then be surprised by white self-hatred?
Even at the height of segregation and anti-black discrimination in America there was never a white athlete with a public image of virulent anti-black sentiment. And if there were one, the black community would not have rewarded him with honors, awards, millions of dollars, and uncritical acclaim. No one would have expected the parents of young black boys to enthusiastically cheer him on. They would not have been expected to assist their children in idolizing him by buying posters, cards, and memorabilia, so as to implant in their children’s minds that this person’s opinion about their race was correct.
But that is exactly what is expected today of whites. They fawn over an endless parade of thuggish, anti-social black athletes and teach their children to do the same.
Ultimately, the racial Caste System in sports cannot be solved without addressing the racial caste system in society as a whole. Western civilization needs new pro-white values and new pro-white leaders, and a top-to-bottom transformation of all of our institutions, including sports. Hopefully the courage to do this still remains among the people who conquered and civilized much of the world. If it does not, the future will be grim, not only for white people but for people of all races.
But what to do in the meantime? It is never too late or too early for individuals to make a difference. We can change the anti-white direction taken by so many major sports, starting today.
The first step is to wake up to the fact that the problem exists. The white race, which has built civilization out of the wilderness on every continent, is not weak. The people who have gone from the depths of the oceans to the surface of the moon are not weak. In fact there is no greater people in matters of physical ability. The notion that whites are poor athletes is a ridiculous slur, a slur that needs to be refuted along with all the others. That is the purpose of Caste Football. Like The Occidental Quarterly, it is an oasis of truth in the desert of political correctness, bringing truth and reason to a world short on both.
But knowledge is not enough. Men and women of courage have to take action. You have to insist on fairness in recruiting and player selection. You have to insist that sports maintain white standards of behavior, even for non-white athletes. Better yet, racially conscious whites, especially you who have children, need to switch off sports dominated by non-whites and cultivate an interest in sports still dominated by whites. You need to vocally oppose calls for racial integration and affirmative action in white-dominated sports like NASCAR.
But perhaps the most subversive thing you as an individual or a family can do is switch off the tube altogether, get off the couch, and actually have fun while building body, character, and community.
A revolution in society begins with a revolution in the heart. Average people need to understand that race is important, and they need to understand it in terms of the things that matter most to them today. One of those things is sports. That is why our enemies have taken them over, and that is why we need to take them back.
I can see you really dislike how the game has been changed by superior athletes.
You are funny.
When people can't handle you, there is a propensity to try and discredit you.
Here's more data that black people can't interpret...
Heisman Candidate or Blocking Fullback? The Difference is Apparently Only Skin Deep.
by Jimmy Chitwood
(8/22/08) As an avid student and fan of the game of football, I am constantly informed (or maybe indoctrinated) that talent wins football games. I am told that coaches recruit the best talent. And play the best talent. And that the best talent will always be put in a position to make plays regardless of virtually any other criteria. Talent is all that is important, and talent will always get the opportunity it deserves. Nothing else matters.
Coaches, scouts, etc. get paid to win, after all, and not signing the most talented players and not giving said players the most opportunity would be foolish. They would lose their jobs if they didn�t sign and play the best possible talent for their team! This I am told time and time again as if by mantra. These are stated as simple, and obvious, FACTS that everyone just knows are true, told to me in tones of shock and bewilderment if I question it, akin to my wearing a bikini in church.
Yet I do have questions � because the performances I see on the field don�t make sense if the �talent� thing is true.
When trying to work out puzzles of this sort, I find that it makes things easier to understand if I compare things (players in this instance) that are similar, the more similar the better. In this scenario, if players are evaluated in the same manner, then similar players will yield similar evaluations/accolades/playing time/and so on. Many people might be surprised that this isn�t how things work, neither in college nor professional football.
In fact, there are often VAST differences in the treatment of players who are virtually identical � except for one small difference.
A case in point:
Player A, as a high school senior, was 6-1, 220-pounds, and ran a reported 4.5 40. Player B, as a high school senior, was 6-2, 220-pounds, and ran a reported 4.5 40.
Player A rushed for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns on 223 carries as a senior (9.6 avg.). Player B rushed for 2,631 yards and 29 touchdowns on 261 carries as a senior (10.1 avg.).
Player A was a Parade All-American and one of the top prospects in the nation. Player B was a Parade All-American and one of the top prospects in the nation.
Here is where things get interesting� and confusing� and troubling�because it is readily apparent that both of these athletes are incredibly talented. And physically, one could hardly hope to find two more similar athletes � except for one evidently all-important difference.
Player A is black and Player B is white.
And thus, their careers take DRAMATIC turns when they enter the realm of college football and beyond�
Despite the incredible similarities, Player A was considered to be an elite talent running the football as a tailback and is now considered a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Player B, on the other hand, was considered to be an elite talent � as a blocker and was never given the chance to be a tailback. He was a fullback, you see.
Player A is Chris Wells, and he plays for Ohio State.
Player B is Peyton Hillis, and he played for the University of Arkansas.
Let�s continue the comparison, shall we?
Wells, known for his powerful running style, played as a true freshman. At tailback.
Hillis, known for his powerful running style, played as a true freshman. At fullback.
Wells averaged 5.9 yards per carry last year as the featured back, behind a blocking fullback in an offense designed around him.
Hillis averaged 5.6 yards per carry last year from his fullback spot without a lead blocker, while running from much nearer the line of scrimmage, and getting the majority of his carries in short-yardage situations. (As an aside, teammate and 2-time Heisman trophy runner-up Darren McFadden also averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season for the Hogs.)
Wells is said to be an explosive playmaker and is most often compared to Eddie George, Maurice Clarett, and Jim Brown (an old school fullback). All of whom were featured backs despite not having elite speed. None were asked to be a regular blocker.
Hillis is said to be too waaaaay too slow to be a featured back. So, since his freshman year, he has been forced to add weight and block almost full time.
But let�s take a close look at the speed thing for a moment � Both players have a career-long run of 65-yard touchdowns. Both runs came against last year�s NCAA Champions, the LSU Tigers. You can�t ask for more identical comparisons, apples to apples, Buckeyes to Razorbacks.
Take a look at each of the runs.
Can you tell any difference aside from skin color? If anything, it appears that Wells is the slower of the two � Interesting, huh?
But there are significant differences in the two players despite their obvious similarities, differences that appear to show Hillis to be the more complete player. . .
Wells is one-dimensional. In two years as the featured playmaker at OSU, he only has 7 catches for 37 yards. He has never been a factor in the return game. Nor has he ever blocked for another back.
Hillis is multi-dimensional. Despite being miscast, he set school records for running backs in career receptions (118), receiving yards (1,195) and receiving touchdowns (11). And he was the Razorbacks top punt returner for much of his career, averaging over 10 yards-per return. And his talents are also unselfish and team-first. He also blocked for two individual 1,000-yard rushers (McFadden and Felix Jones) for the second consecutive season.
So, draw your own conclusions. It�s possible there is some �other� explanation. It�s possible that skin color �wasn�t� the determining factor. I guess anything is possible� but if so, if I am wrong, I�d like to have those facts presented to me.
And for anyone who says, �Why does it matter?� Just consider a couple of reasons, amongst the many. Hillis has suffered both physically and financially for the position change. As a fullback, he has been forced to carry more weight than his body is designed for. He has endured more physical punishment due to the rigors of the fullback position. AND, compare the meager salary a 7th-round draft pick at fullback makes to what a 1st-round tailback gets in the NFL.
Come to think of it, I�d say there are millions of reasons it matters.
In college a player can win the heisman trophy and not stay on a roster in the pro level...how can that be ?
The Heisman trophy is Supposedly given to the best collegiate player , not the one who would make the greatest impact on the next level in the NFL.
This is why many heisman QB's can't cut it at the next level.
The pro game is a game of speed when it comes to the specialty positions WR RB CB etc.....If you lack speed you can be replaced unless the players around you are quick enough to cover for your lack of speed.
When people can't handle you, there is a propensity to try and discredit you.
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