Russell Wilson was well aware of his place in history, and heartened by the fact it didn’t come up.
Wilson wrote a thoughtful piece for TheMMQB.com on the role of race and sports, after becoming just the second African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
“The amazing thing was, I knew,” he wrote. “I knew, after the game, the history of it. It matters because our world is changing—for the better. America’s hearts are changing, and the NFL is changing too. The NFL is moving forward.”
Wilson has a unique perspective from which to view the changing attitudes, because he also works for a team which only employs African-American quarterbacks: Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson, Terrelle Pryor, B.J. Daniels and Keith Price.
It’s not that’s necessarily a job requirement (the same staff gave Matt Flynn a pile of money before they realized Wilson was better). But they seem to enjoy it, jokingly referring to themselves as “The Jackson 5.” Wilson says he’s like Michael (and hopefully he doesn’t start having plastic surgery in an effort to look like Pete Carroll).
But the fact an entire depth chart can be made of players who might not have been given the chance to play that position a generation ago speaks volumes.
And to Wilson, the fact it doesn’t come up all the time speaks loudest of all.