PFT- When Vaccaro was asked if Luck’s “deceptive speed” makes it tough to prepare to play against the Colts on Sunday, Vaccaro pushed back against that label.
“Not deceptive. Just because he’s white doesn’t mean he’s deceptive. He’s actually a great athlete. He has all the tools that you ask for as a quarterback,” Vaccaro said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN. “Smart, big arm talent, can go through all his reads and he can run. So not deceptive, he’s actually athletic.”
Needed a little lesson in how to discuss racial stereotypes without coming off as insensitive? Well, Kenny Vaccaro just gave you a free one, but if you want any more than you are going to have to pay for the full semester. Remember, extra credit for candor. Bravo Kenny, bravo. Way to address the racial component of the question while still giving credit to your opponent. Far too often a situation like this would turn into an athlete putting his foot in his mouth. I appreciate Vaccaro's sincerity in honestly answering a fairy silly question.
Say what you want the differences between white quarterbacks and black quarterbacks, but Kenny Vaccaro is absolutely right. How many "deceptively fast" black quarterbacks have played in the NFL? Zero? There have been a ton of fast ones though. White quarterbacks are only deceptively fast because we have been programmed to think that they are supposed to stand in the pocket like statuses. They aren't deceptively fast because of how they look playing the game, they are deceptively fast because of how they look standing on the sidelines with their helmet off. Doesn't do Andrew Luck, or Aaron Rodgers for that matter, any good being goofy looking assholes, but at the end of the day, there is nothing deceptive about their athletic ability. When black people talk white they are surprisingly well spoken and when white people run well they are deceptively black, I mean, fast. That's the tradeoff. Thank god Vaccaro was here to point out the blatantly obvious, or the Saints probably would have just let Andrew Luck scamper right down the middle of field like they were playing against some ordinary bearded white schmuck. The good thing about fielding a blind defense is that they are colorblind as well. Sometimes it's the little things.