Today, African-Americans represent the majority of the playing population in the National Football League. However, despite notable strides in recent history, there is no significant position that remains less populated by impact players than the quarterback position.
This topic is controversial, because most fans either do not acknowledge this as an issue, or are bothered by the fact that it still is a recognizable problem in the 21st century.
Those who write off this mysterious lack of black franchise quarterbacks in the NFL will almost always claim that this is simply a symptom of very few black quarterbacks possessing the necessary skill set and leadership qualities to man this high-profile position.
Those that are hyper-sensitive to the plight of black quarterbacks will always point towards the age-old problem of college quarterbacks being inevitably funneled to other positions on the field or being labeled as an “athlete” instead of a quarterback prospect like most of their white counterparts are without similar scrutiny.
They see injustice in this and for those that do make it to the next level and play are highly scrutinized and expected to be beyond good.
Furthermore, they must also conform to the prototype of a pocket passer to be recognized as a solid pro that deserves to start in the National Football League over an extended period of time.
With that said, it is a little bit easier to come up with a short list of the best black quarterbacks of all time. There should be some debate over the order, but for the most part, you would be hard pressed to legitimately make an argument for more than seven or eight players who should make this list.
Here are my five…