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NFL / Race Relations #313607

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 23, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(NYC: Eric Engberg) Doug Williams reported being third black to start in quarterback position in one week for NFL; details given, scenes shown. [Washington Redskins Doug WILLIAMS - says coaches need to think about the black players who can play this position.] Other black quarterbacks mentioned; scenes shown. [NFL player's association Gene UPSHAW - says he is glad and it is about time it happened.] Former NFL (National Football League) player Keith Lee reported being told he would have to play another position in the NFL. [LEE - says they told him he was too good to play quarterback.] [Director Center for Sports and Society Richard LAPCHIK - says racism still exists in sports.] Some blacks mentioned going to Canada to play or giving up in childhood. [Houston Oilers Warren MOON - says he feels a responsibility toward young players who want to play quarterback but do not have any role models in the NFL.] Blacks in NFL (National Football League) coaching shown. [Former NFL (National Football League) assistant coach Ken HOUSTON - says people are afraid to take a chance.] [WILLIAMS - says he has always tried to stay ahead of the rest.] Incr. pressure for blacks to move into traditionally white positions noted.

Reporter(s):
Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:02:30

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