Former coach Barry Switzer: ‘I’d never recruit a white QB,’ unless his parents were black

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, February 28, 2014 15:11 EDT
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Former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer told Nashville sports radio station WNSR that he would “never recruit a white quarterback” unless his “mom and daddy [were] both black.”

He was speaking to the host about the possibility of drafting former Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, whom Switzer earlier called “an arrogant little pr*ck.”

Switzer claimed that “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if [his] mom and daddy would have to both be black [because] my offense is a quarterback/fullback offense.”

For years, there was a stigma against black quarterbacks in the National Football League because, it was believed, they weren’t cerebral enough to run a modern offense.

Switzer didn’t exactly indicate why a black quarterback would be inherently preferable in that offensive scheme, although he did say that three black quarterbacks “Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts, Thomas Lott, would have to be my quarterbacks [because they are] great runners, great ball carriers.”

One of his former quarterbacks in Dallas, Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, had the following to say on Twitter:

Listen to Switzer’s interview with WNSR below.

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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