Why is it that anytime there is a good white wide receiver, he immediately has to be labeled? A broadcaster on ESPN this morning referred to Brandon Stokely of the Broncos as ‘their Wes Welker’.
This is bullshit for so many reasons. Wes Welker currently leads the NFL in catches, as well as yards after catch. He’s one of the best receivers in the league. Easily the best possession receiver. There are hundreds of black receivers that wish they could do what he does. It is bad enough that the other short white guy on New England is referred to as a Wes Welker clone.
Stokely is an okay receiver, but without Wes Welker, the Patriots – the number 1 offense over the last few seasons – flat out suck.
There was a great editorial at the back of Sports Illustrated this week, by a black guy, about how white running backs are immediately labeled as slow, bulky fullbacks. They are never given their due. There is takl about making Toby Gebhart from Stanford, currently 3rd in the nation in rushing, a linebacker. If he was black, would this ever happen? The short answer is – no. The same piece discusses how far black QB’s have come, and it is about time white RB’s and Receivers are viewed in the same light as their black counterparts.