Deshaun Watson: “People have assumed that I have to run the ball before I can throw it most all of my career, all the way back before high school. It’s a stereotype put on me for a long time because I’m African-American and I’m a dual-threat quarterback”
He’s not completely wrong. We automatically assume, a lot, that black quarterbacks are going to be more athletic than white quarterbacks. And that’s not fair to guys that carry a piano on their back when they run, like Jameis Winston and Jamarcus Russell.
But “Dual-Threat” and “Run-first” are different things. Deshaun Watson’s the definition of a dual threat quarterback. Not because he’s black. But maybe, Deshaun, it’s because you ran for 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also passed for 4100 yards and 35 touchdowns. Meaning you’re a threat to do both throw, and pass. People aren’t discounting your ability to throw.
Plus there are SO MANY white guys that we call dual-threat, see Johnny Manziel, Tebow, and Mariota (Maybe doesn’t count, I don’t know). And, there are SO MANY more white quarterbacks stereotypes that are more prevalent. That they’re all slow as hell (which is like 95% true), or can’t take a hit, or can’t dance. Most of which are, also, true.