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The Evolution of the Quarterback can be found in Philly

Written by Tony Ghaul

The NFL was a league that once had a dark history of slighting and disrespecting black quarterbacks, but Philadelphia and the Eagles organization has been the gold standard in reversing the trend.

The Eagles made Randall Cunningham the franchise’s first black quarterback. He was the 37th overall in the 1985 NFL draft. Cunningham played 11 seasons with the Eagles before injuries caused him to be benched in favor of another black quarterback, Rodney Peete in 1995.

Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo courtsey of Super 70s Sports – Twitter

Cunningham, Peete, Donovan McNabb, and Michael Vick each led Eagles teams to the playoffs. Vince Young spent a season with the franchise as a back-up QB.

Michael Vick, left, and Donovan McNabb before the Eagles game against the Redskins last year. Photo courtsey of
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Jalen Hurts took over as Eagles QB at the end of the 2020 season. He took the Eagles playoffs last season and this year he has the Eagles at the top of the NFL with a 8-0 record. Hurts is playing at a MVP level.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Photo courtsey of Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

He was asked by Tyler R. Tynes of GQ Magazine, and he was asked about following in the footsteps of those before him and what it means to play in this city.

“I hold that in high value and high regards. I know the history of the position here, especially the dual threats we’ve had: Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham. I just want to carry that torch the right way moving forward. And the best way to do that is to win. Winning is the motive. It’s the ultimatum. We wanna win ball games.”

The ESPN Monday Night Countdown show on Monday night will feature a segment with Robert Griffin III as moderator. It will feature Jalen Hurts with Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb.

Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Jalen Hurts. Photo courtsey of Everyone kinda hates…- Twitter

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Tony Ghaul