What former NFL player and Utah Rep. Burgess Owens says to Roger Goodell

Burgess Owens looks on during a “Blue Rally” to support men and women of law enforcement, in Salt Lake City on June 20, 2020.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

A former professional football player and Utah congressman railed on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a hearing over what he says is the league’s long-standing bias against Black athletes.

Republican Rep. Burgess Owens, who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders, said racism was prevalent when he entered the league in 1973.

Positions of leadership and intelligence like quarterback, center, middle linebacker, free safety, and head coaches were considered off-limits for Black players, he said. Doug Williams finally broke the “white quarterback” barrier in 1988 as the NFL’s first Black quarterback to both start and win a Super Bowl, he said.

“Yet, commissioner, decades later, despite all this progress on and off the field, we’re once again forced to discuss, under your watch, the NFL’s engagement in racism behind the scenes,” Owens told Goodell during a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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