Information contained on this page is provided by NewsUSA, an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.(NewsUSA/The Shadow League) - Last month, Cam Newton was one of two GQ cover boys -- the other was Tim Tebow. The Tebow piece, like so many written about him, was partly an assessment of Tebow's cultural standing. The title referred to him as a "Sunday Savior" and featured pictures, taken during his Florida Gators days, of him in a pose that conjured Jesus Christ on a cross. You get the feeling that, at some point, we're going to start referring to the man as a "Christian quarterback." Meanwhile, in Newton's 2,500-word profile, there was no mention of being a "black quarterback" -- the phrase did not appear. Race didn't come up, at all.Around the same time -- and about 20 years after shorty Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy and then went undrafted in the following NFL Draft -- rookie Russell Wilson beat out Matt Flynn for the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback spot. Not only had Seattle invested $20 million in Flynn, but Wilson was -- aside from being a Miami Vice-era Phillip Michael Thomas lookalike -- a "barely six-foot," third round draft-pick that spent five years in college. That's not stud pedigree.Wilson's rise came up as a conversation topic in my Harlem barbershop when his mug popped up on ESPN. Some of the patrons were unaware of the kid. A quick recap of his story elicited this response: "Man, that's some white-boy sh#t."Translation: Some short, moderately-touted rookie that wasn't "Michael Vick" athletic, beating out a more proven quarterback -- with significantly more millions of guaranteed franchise-money -- is foreign terrain for black quarterbacks.It was a poignant observation. It was also an indication that we are living in a New Day.The "black-quarterback" no longer exists.Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Michael Vick -- they're all simply quarterbacks. A post-racial America often seems like a sickeningly unattainable dream. Who'd have thought the NFL -- an institution that can sometimes lag behind modernity -- would be one of its vehicles?For more information, visit www.theshadowleague.com.
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