The lead-up to Week 9 focused on the duel between Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.
It was breathless, though not careful, neglecting subtleties in either quarterback's game. Griffin's running relies on Olympic-caliber speed, Newton's on brawn (he's 25 pounds heavier).
As a persona, Newton seems more emotional, less circumspect, less politic.
That's not to say the comparison was gratuitous. They are the last two Heisman winners, each a world-class athlete.
And, yes, they're black.
One wonders if Newton would've been compared to Vince Young if he weren't.
Griffin, for his part, wants to be compared to Aaron Rodgers. Another way of saying, "Quarterback first, athlete second."
It's worth noting they played in D.C., where the Redskins were shepherded into national consciousness by an avowed segregationist. I'd be happy to report that George Preston Marshall is turning over in his grave: two black quarterbacks, one in a Redskins throwback jersey.
Other than that, it was just a football game.
One couldn't help but notice: a couple of very athletic white guys.
Luck's 40 time was the same as Newton's. Tannehill was primarily a receiver until his junior year.
The position is evolving.
He just happens to be a quarterback.
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