Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks off the field after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 31-24 at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Amy Trask rips Teddy Bridgewater doubters


Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask has landed on her feet after leaving the Oakland franchise rather infamously, grabbing a gig with CBS Sports and even becoming an analyst/pundit on the CBS Sports Network’s That Other Pregame Show where she currently is helping preview the NFL Draft. A gig which she is doing quite well at, even making a stand on one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft who she feels is being treated unfairly as his stock plummets.

Trask stepped to the plate for Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater recently, going on a rant about the unfairness in anonymous NFL front office scouts/executives claiming that Bridgewater “can’t be the face of a franchise” without putting themselves on the record to do so in one of the best rants out there on Draft Day.

Citing Bridgewater’s success at Louisville along with inside Jason La Canfora, Trask pointed out the seemingly obvious bias that exists potentially due to the color of Bridgewater’s skin. Saying it is fine to question his size and other factors, but called out those who are trying to stand behind what appears to be a borderline racist remark about Bridgewater’s ability to lead a franchise that is better left in the dark history of the NFL.

Listen to Trask’s rant below: 


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  • raidernation

    Shut up @Amy. The NFL have dynamic qb who r Black… Newton, Griffin3. So come on … he going down on the board because of his pro day plus the media is hyping all this defensive player and offensive line with the mock draft .. 2 . Clowney , Mack , Watson are all black and possibles 1st pick overall.. so shut up #Amy Trask….

  • Rees Britton

    But none of those guys are black quarterbacks…. thats the point you are missing!

  • Rees Britton

    “Sports” is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus, there is no doubt that African Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. Historically, that chance has rarely been given to aspiring black professional quarterbacks. For decades, the prevailing view seemed to be that while African Americans made good runners, blockers and receivers, they did not possess the ability or intellect to be quarterback — the on-the-field CEO — of a National Football League team. At one time, a Black NFL quarterback was as unthinkable as a Black American President. But, what was once a rarity is now becoming the norm.

    Marc H. Morial

  • raidernation

    No way is somebody going to waist money on a black QB because they are afraid they’ll be call a racist they will waist money on a black Defensive player that will make a difference… bortles and bridewater same boat .. so explain urself what I dont get .. point if a player not worth 1st 2nd or 3rd pick he aint worth it.. manziel not worth those top picks either so what im racist now…

  • KTDMM

    WTF is she talking about, or all of them for that matter. The face of the franchise means somebody that will carry the team for a decade or more. The superstar or whatever you like to call it. How did we go from face to color of his face? What a joke. As a Jewish man this is all starting to become a joke man! Lets play ball plz…..

  • raidernation

    Said beautifully.. I agreed…. but bridewater will get his chance to prove what he could do.. but he’s not worth a top pick, couldn’t throw on his pro day without any rusher coming at him. Its not because he’s black..its because he couldn’t throw…. #Chase said it best … rants….

  • Rees Britton

    Im not saying you are racist my man… I was pointing out what Mrs Trask was trying to say and the perception of black qb’s in the minds of nfl owners. Its one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard, but it doesn’t make it true. Amy was saying that if you are going to make stupid, under handed racist remarks at least have the balls to put your name on it… I don’t think that deserves for you tell someone to shut up…

  • Rees Britton

    it was just a pro day… he played pretty well in games didn’t he? Jamarcus Russel had the best pro day most experts have ever seen and that didn’t exactly work out. There is too much stock in pro days and the combine. Show me game tape and thats how ill judge. In my mind id take bridgewater over bortles and manziel… I think id take Carr of both of them as well.

  • raidernation

    They were rants my friend, rants..

  • Brutus

    QB has nothing to do with the color of your skin. Three things you can’t teach: 1) football IQ – can you read defenses and follow your progressions; 2) size; 3) arm strength; 4) poise under pressure. The consensus is that he has #1 possibly better than any QB in this years draft. #2 and #3 are big questions marks and his pro day raised big questions about #4. So score him a 1. Manziel appears to have 3 and 4 and showing promise on 1, so give him a 2.5. Bortles appears to have 2, 3 and 4 with promise on 1, so a score of 3.5. And that is how it fell: Bortles, Manziel, Bridgewater.
    For the record, my post was written after the first round – so arm chair QBing at its best. Don’t want anyone to think I predicted that order, but wanted to point out the likely rationale behind the decisions – none of which are race related.

  • Brutus

    Correction: “Four” things you can’t teach. I was initially thinking of poise under pressure as an intangible.