Tuesday, September 18, 2007

McNabb says black quarterbacks face more critcism

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb claims African-American quarterbacks are under more pressure and face more criticism than their white counterparts in an interview scheduled to air on HBO's Real Sports on Tuesday night.

"There's not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra," McNabb tells James Brown. "Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn't want us to play ... is low, so we do a little extra."

Later in the interview, McNabb opens up on the criticism he has faced in Philadelphia.

"I pass for 300 yards, our team wins by seven, 'Ah, he could've made this throw, they would have scored if he did this,' " McNabb says. "Every year I'm part of some criticism. But every day that we go through life, you're faced with a lot of adversity. Now the answer is how do you handle the adversity. How do you respond?

"I try to handle myself with class. I try to handle myself with dignity. I think sometimes people look to players to act out, speak loudly, pretty much be an idiot. But that's not me."

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