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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thanks For The Memories: Next Destination, Canton

"Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair is retiring from the NFL after a 13-year career in which he was named co-MVP and led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl."

From Alcorn State to the Hall of Fame.

Not bad. Not bad at all for a guy who ended up at Alcorn State (even tho he was recruited by major colleges) because they were the only program that would let him play quarterback.

Certainly, McNair, despite the obvious prejudice against Negro QB's, proved that a strong arm and commanding field generalship could shatter stereotypes and allow for the attainment of a dream. A dream fortified by an unmatch heart and the ability to play through injuries that sidelined many others. A dream achieved in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, layed out by a system hell bent on maintaining the status quo and preserving the 'face' of the NFL.

Steve McNair had a dream. And, praise be, he had a role model.

Following the path of the the only Negro to QB a team to Super Bowl victory (Doug Williams), McNair sought refuge from the systemic position reclassification enforced by white run major programs by attending an HBCU. In the low country of Mississippi, an NFL franchise QB developed and matured without the meddlesome interference of the establishment's effort to turn him into a receiver or DB.

By the grace of the power on high, McNair found himself drafted by the one franchise that understood the value, necessity and requirement of having a Negro field general. The Houston Oilers had been led by the first NFL Hall of Fame Negro QB (Warren Moon), and realized that there was truly no substitute.

Interestingly enough, McNair's tenure with the franchise (which became the Tennessee Titans) was shortened by the drafting of possibly the next great Negro QB, Vince Young (of course, injuries played a factor as well).

Off McNair went to Baltimore, where he led the Ravens to a 13-3 season before injuries (received behind offensive lines populated by predominantly white players) got the best of him.

Now, Baltimore is left with two QB's on their roster: The proven failure Kyle Boller. And the Heisman Trophy winning Troy Smith.

We salute the career of the unmatchable Steve McNair.

And more importantly, we acknowledge the lineage of the Negro QB Family Tree that McNair followed and helped extend.

Following Williams' blue print to reach the NFL. Then following in the footsteps of Moon in Houston. And finally, his performance and leadership providing the opportunities for Young and Smith to continue the genealogy.

Imagine if Bobby Bowden had gotten his way and McNair signed as a DB.

What a slow, boring and methodical NFL we'd have today!

19 comments:

Nathan said...

Race baiting: the philopshy of NOIS.

RighteousReasoner said...

Nathan, sir, as the proud owner of a Warren Moon jersey, I scoff at your racism.

Make sure to cast your vote for Half-Honkey Obama...he's the only hope for the survival of this Nation.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Race baiting: the philopshy of NOIS."

Sir, pointing out the significance of Mr. McNair's career...beyond simply his stats is race baiting?

We see the inherent wrong in your words.

True race baiting would be attempts to silence Mr. McNair's role as a bridge to the future of the NFL.

We won't take your bait!

censored said...

in your post your forgot to mention the great lineage that included the heisman trophy winning andre ware, akili smith and cleo lemon and most of all michael vick. How could you leave out such glaring examples of the superiority of the negro quarterback? research NOIS research....you are slipping

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" How could you leave out such glaring examples of the superiority of the negro quarterback? "

Sir, if you happened to get past your blind hate of the Negro QB...you might have noticed that we only mentioned QB's that were directly related to Mr. McNair.

You can play your Six Degrees of Separation game, if you choose.

But, we choose to keep our posts factual, relevent and righteous.

Adding unrelated variables to the equation taints the end result.

And, in this case, the end result is the superior level of play now exhibited in the NFL.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Make sure to cast your vote for Half-Honkey Obama"

Sir, we received an email from the illustrious Jason Whitlock. He informed us that the appropriate term for Mr. Obama is 'Half-rican American'.

So lets go ahead and institute that from this point on.

Regards.

shooter's tour said...

You cannot be referring to Canton, Ohio? Surely you jest, sir. Leaving aside the dismal taste left in the mouth of the predominantly white voter by Mr. McNair's abysmal two-season coda in Baltimore (during which a race-neutral observer would certainly concede he should have been replaced by the more athletic and skilled Kyle Boller), let's go to the career stats:

28th in career passing yards, behind such luminaries as Brunell, Kerry Collins, Jim Everett, Steve DeBerg, and FAR BEHIND Bledsoe and Testaverde, both of whom have as much chance at reaching the HOF as does Chris Leak or Don McPherson.

27th in passer rating, behind journeymen such as Pennington, Brad Johnson, TRENT GREEN.

43rd in TD's, tied with Kerry Collins and just edging out the great Chris Chandler.

Are you going to open up the Hall to Steve Grogan? If your criteria are reaching the Super Bowl once, and losing, I await your campaigns for the candidacies of David Woodley, Stan Humphries and Rex Grossman.

Much respect to the negro. But the community will not prosper until a realistic assessment of accomplishment, ability and the limitations thereof are possible.

Steve McNair and Todd McNair have an equal shot at the hall.

censored said...

Sir, if you happened to get past your blind hate of the Negro QB...you might have noticed that we only mentioned QB's that were directly related to Mr. McNair.

But sir the qbs i mentioned do relate to McNair...if McNair was not compared with the majority of horrible negro qbs in NFL history and had to be compared to the superior white qbs you would not be able to mention him as a potential hall of famer....the reason why you have a slanted view of him as a hall of famer is because compared to those other negro qbs he was great.
Again you cant gain equality by trumpeting a sub-par standard of excellence.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Again you cant gain equality by trumpeting a sub-par standard of excellence."

Sir, Warren Moon...substandard?

Doug Williams, Super winner...substandard?

THOSE are McNair's peers.

Please, gain some perspective lest the words you allow your fingers to type make you appear impaired.

Malcom Hex said...

"If your criteria are reaching the Super Bowl once, and losing"

where did NOIS mention McNair losing the super bowl? where? he said that McNair LED his team to the super bowl. no one mentioned losing!

at least stick to the criteria NOIS layed out.

censored said...

Sir, Warren Moon...substandard?

Doug Williams, Super winner...substandard?

THOSE are McNair's peers.

I will give credit to Doug Williams..he probably was as good as say a Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien or any other mediocre quarterback who rode a great team to success. He was a sub par quarterback who had a successful game playing in a successful system. And this is the best example you can come up with? He is indeed subpar.
As for Moon, he didnt have the necessary makeup to win any big games in his career...much like barry bonds, he racked up nice personal numbers but had nothing truly to show for it. So in that case, Moon too is substandard.
These qbs in fact get undue praise BECAUSE they are negro...if they were white they would be a footnote in history as there careers could never stack up to the best of all time.

Malcom Hex said...

"As for Moon, he didnt have the necessary makeup to win any big games in his career...much like barry bonds, he racked up nice personal numbers but had nothing truly to show for it. So in that case, Moon too is substandard.
"

we can place marino in that group, too...right?

Keven said...

Censored-

Name the running backs that were in Moon's backfield.

Name his receivers.

Name the running backs in McNair's backfield.

His receivers?

Now, think about ANY of the great white QB's...you can name either the backs or the receivers...or both!

Joe Montana - Taylor, Craig, Rice..

Bradshaw - Franco, Stallworth, Swann

Elway - Davis, Rod Smith, Sharpe

Marino- The Marks Brothers



Please, if Moon, McNair or Williams were white...they would have been provided with great talent around them. Instead, they had to do it on their OWN!

Black Jewsus said...

Censored defeated his own credibility when he included three-time Pro Bowler Vick along with the likes of Akili Smith, Cleo Lemon, and Andre Ware.

Typical PETArd behavior, revising Vick's on-field history to suit their off-field opinions of him.

RighteousReasoner said...

Palefaced devil Kevin Love declared for the draft today. Scouts have pegged him as a (media overhyped) Top 10 pick. It is with great zeal that us Righteous members of the Holy Nation await Love's McRoberts-esque drop in the draft, followed by his imminent banishment to the end of a lowly NBA teams bench.

Mr. Love is only delaying the inevitable.

Allah be praised! Obama '08! Repaint the White House Black! Kill Whitey!

censored said...

Please, if Moon, McNair or Williams were white...they would have been provided with great talent around them. Instead, they had to do it on their OWN!

Keven it is unfortunate that you think so little of the great Eddie George...brother hatin on another brother..the story stays the same.

censored said...

we can place marino in that group, too...right?

no Marino is not a subpar negro quarterback....learn to read.

censored said...

Censored defeated his own credibility when he included three-time Pro Bowler Vick along with the likes of Akili Smith, Cleo Lemon, and Andre Ware.

Typical PETArd behavior, revising Vick's on-field history to suit their off-field opinions of him.

Vicks acclaim was all due to marketing...he was a horrible passer..that is fact.

Joshua said...

Err McNair's stats are Brunell-esque. Moon was a phenomenal passer and Williams had an awesome team around him. Err McNair? His co-MVP was a joke. I'd consider him making the fictional Hall of Decent Enough.