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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey Upset At Lack of Respect For White Athletes
Stanford Cardinals running back Christian McCaffrey is fresh off winning the 2016 Rose Bowl, and he’s also the Heisman runner-up, but as a white athlete playing sports, he feels extremely disrespected.
While speaking with Sports Illustrated in a recent interview, McCaffrey detailed how white athletes get thrown in certain categories while their other attributes get ignored.
“When you read about white athletes these days and white skill possession receivers specifically, one word you’ll always find is tough,” McCaffrey told the publication. “You’ll rarely see explosive, athletic, stuff like that. … You get a little bit upset: ‘I ran the same 40 as this guy, and you’re calling him … .’ People do the eye test and underestimate me, so I do play with a chip on my shoulder.”
Ed McCaffrey, who played 13 seasons with the Denver Broncos, agreed with his son.
“There are immediate stereotypes about a white running back who grew up in the suburbs of Colorado,” the elder McCaffrey said. “When we’ve gone to camps or all-star games, he walks on the field and people look at him like he’s nothing.”