Which NFL players are your favorite Black male celebrities?
Posted On August 1, 2021
Black male athletes are not known for their athletic prowess.
Many are considered average to below average in terms of physical skills, and some lack the necessary skills to be considered “stars.”
But what do we know about the black male athletes who have earned a spot in the NFL?
Here’s a look at some of their accomplishments and what it says about the NFL’s lack of diversity.1.
Donta Smith, QB, Oakland RaidersIn 2010, Smith became the first African American quarterback in NFL history to play in the Pro Bowl.
After being drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders, Smith went on to lead the Raiders to a playoff victory.
His impressive play earned him the 2015 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, and he was named the AFC Offensive Player Of The Year after leading the Raiders in passing yards (1,719) and passing touchdowns (39).2.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay BuccaneersA few years after he was drafted, Evans became a household name in the league.
After spending a season with the Buccaneers, Evans began his career as the No. 2 receiver in the NFC, but he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2014, after spending a year with the Miami Dolphins.
Evans had a strong year in 2016, catching 57 passes for 839 yards and seven touchdowns.3.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati BengalsThe former Ohio State star had an impressive rookie season in 2016.
He rushed for 1,079 yards and 13 touchdowns on 181 carries, which is the third-highest total of his career behind only Rashard Mendenhall (2,054) and Matt Jones (1.842).
Mixon has played in all 16 games since 2016, with at least five rushing touchdowns in every game.4.
Chris Ivory, RB (NFC), New York JetsThe first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ivory has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team for 2016, receiving the first-team nod for the first time in his career.
He also earned a special mention for his contributions to the Buffalo Bills.5.
Christian Ponder, QB (NAC), Minnesota VikingsAfter the Vikings selected him in the third round in the 2015 draft, Ponder went on an impressive sophomore season in Minnesota, completing more than 50 percent of his passes and rushing for 1) 9,848 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground, and 2) 2,065 yards and 18 touchdowns on passing touchdowns.
He is a three-time Pro Bowler who is also a six-time NFL All-Pro.6.
Josh Doctson, WR (ACC), TCUAfter receiving the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Doctson signed a six year contract with the Washington Redskins.
The former Texas Tech star has led the way for the Cowboys in scoring for the past two seasons, including a career-high in receiving yards with 2,976 yards and 21 touchdowns on 1236 targets.7.
Josh Freeman, QB/WR, Georgia TechThe second-year signal-caller out of Texas Tech has spent the past five seasons in Atlanta.
He has had success in Atlanta, posting a career average of 16.1 touchdown passes per season and completing 67.7 percent of those passes for 1.5 yards per attempt.
He became the seventh player in school history to record at least three, 300-yard passing games and two or more 300-yards receiving games, joining Reggie Wayne (1977), Mike Wallace (1997), LaDainian Tomlinson (2005), and Robert Griffin III (2010).8.
Justin Hardy, WR/TE, AlabamaHardy has been a consistent target for the Falcons since being drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
He caught 55 passes for 756 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 before being traded to Green Bay.
He had one 100-yard receiving game in the Packers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys last year.9.
Kenny Britt, WR and TE, Kansas City ChiefsThe former Kansas City 49ers star receiver has made two Pro Bowls in the past three seasons and has been one of the NFL leaders in receiving yardage (1) and receiving touchdowns (30) over that time.
Britt is a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of four players in NFL History to catch two touchdown passes in the Super Bowl, joining Calvin Johnson (2006), Steve Smith (2009), and Jordy Nelson (2014).10.
Tyreek Hill, RB/WR (CIN), Cincinnati BengalsAfter missing all of 2016 with a broken foot, Hill was a mainstay on the Bengals’ depth chart from 2013-16.
After a career year with Cincinnati in 2017, Hill led the team with 1,035 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
Hill finished second in the Bengals rushing race in 2016 and became the Bengals all-time leader in rushing yards.11.