Chris Broussard: “Today, Rob, you wrote a column titled ‘If Matt Stafford Were a Black Quarterback He Would Have Been Out of a Job Long Ago.’ Explain the column.”
Rob Parker: “I didn’t mean he wouldn’t be in the league, I’m saying he wouldn’t be a starter. He would be like Jameis Winston… Devin Gardner, the former Michigan quarterback who works for Fox Sports Detroit, compared those two guys.
Matthew Stafford after his first five FULL seasons: 21,179 passing yards, 125 touchdowns, 84 interceptions, 34 wins.
Jameis Winston after his first five FULL seasons: 19,737 passing yards, 121 touchdowns, 88 interceptions, 32 wins.
[continued] "What happened between the two of those?? Stafford got renewed and signed again – big money, and Winston was sent packing. The numbers are almost identical. The column is more about ‘Would Stafford have been given the same opportunity if he were a Black quarterback?' That after his first five years -- no playoff wins, only 35 wins, 84 interceptions -- if those stats were for a BLACK quarterback would it be tolerated and allowed to continue? Peyton Manning had 100 interceptions his first five years, 12 more than Jameis Winston… My point is that I don’t think it’s the same leash for the quarterbacks… Now Matthew Stafford is viewed as the ‘savior’ despite what I just told you. If you can find me a Black quarterback who played with the same team for 12 years, didn’t win a playoff game, made that kind of money, stuck around, and nobody thought that was wrong or he wasn’t capable, I’d love to hear who that is because I can’t find it.” (Full Audio Above, Video Version Below)
Listen to Rob Parker explain why he thinks Matthew Stafford’s career would have been on an extremely different trajectory had he have been a Black quarterback, as Rob believes Stafford would have already been relegated to the career of a backup quarterback if he wasn't White.
Parker compares the stats of Stafford and Jameis Winston through their first five seasons, looking at how identical the cumulative numbers were, but yet Stafford would end up signing one of the most lucrative deals ever with the Lions in the early 2010’s, while Winston was effectively run out of Tampa, and banished to New Orleans as their third-stringer.
Check out the audio above as Parker details why he believes the leash for quarterbacks is much longer for White QBs compared to Black QBs, and says that Stafford would be a Jameis-type if he were Black.