Does Race Play a Role in How Cam Newton is Being Evaluated by the NFL?

April 21, 2011

 

From USA Today

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice said Thursday that he does not think race is a factor for NFL teams when evaluating top draft prospect Cam Newton.

Fellow Hall of Famer Warren Moon said last month that hethought racial biases were coloring the perception of Newton, who is black. The QB from Auburn won the Heisman Trophy last year.

Rice, speaking on ESPN Radio (via PFT) disputed that. He and Moon are both black.

"I think the NFL is so much further now," Rice said. "I don’t think race is a factor."

Newton is projected as a potential top overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. Moon said he thinks the Panthers are sold on selecting him if they decide to draft a QB.

He said last month that criticism of Newton — who was panned in a Pro Football Weekly scouting report as being "disingenuous," someone with an "enormous ego," and a QB who would never "command respect" in the locker room — was "blatant racism."

But Rice said teams are more interested in Newton’s football skills.

 

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