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What being a black quarterback in the NFL means

Randall Cunningham, Vince Young, and Kordell Stewart discuss the hurdles they faced.

Randall Cunningham, Vince Young, and Kordell Stewart each started at least 50 games in the NFL at quarterback. But their journeys to pro football required them to confront unique challenges as black QBs.

All three talked to us about those hurdles, which ranged from pressure to play different or multiple positions, heightened expectations from the media, and inconsistent playing opportunities. And though Cunningham, Young, and Stewart achieved different levels of success in the NFL, they all came to one important conclusion: Quarterback should be a position where talent is the thing that matters most, not color.