Saturday, October 20, 2007

WHY ARE EAGLES 33.9 percent WHITE?

The next time the Eagles make a roster move, keep an eye on skin-tone.

You have to wonder after reading the provocative piece by Jason Whitlock (, a seasoned pro writer I've bumped into from time to time in Kansas City.

Whitlock's point is, “African-American football players caught up in the rebellion and buffoonery of hip hop culture have given NFL owners and coaches a justifiable reason to whiten their rosters.”

Examples he cites include Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, Mike Vick and Tank Johnson, who constantly seem to be involved in off-the-field drama.

Unless the culture changes, Whitlock thinks franchises will copy the models of what he calls "two of the whitest teams" in the NFL.

In a league where roughly 70 percent of the players are African-American, Whitlock points out the Colts' 53-man opening day roster was 45.2 percent white – and 47 percent non-African-American if you throw in another player. The Patriots are 43.3 percent non-African-American according to the piece.

For a reference point, the Eagles’ roster essentially is 33.9 percent white. Including special teams, nine of their 27 starters (.333) are white.


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