Recently, the Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagles won their second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Both the Eagles and Ravens have a history of racism against former players. Neither Chip Kelly nor the Baltimore Ravens have taken an opportunity to eliminate the perception of racism which could prove costly.
The major consistently between the Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens is that both teams have recent implications of alleged racism. In the previous year the Baltimore Ravens chose to punish Ray Rice twice for the same infraction. This action is consistent with the discrimination that continues to create racism against Blacks. Chip Kelly has allegedly chosen the same route with recent trades.
Several former Philadelphia Eagle players and a former staff member believe that the past player trades are an indication of Chip Kelly’s racism. Former Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Boykin, Lesean Jackson, DeSean Jackson, and Tra Thomas appear to have been victimized by the alleged Chip Kelly racial attacks. These former players have reached star status for which Chip Kelly could have benefited.
Chip Kelly will have to take a lesson from the former Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won Super Bowls in 2000 and 2012. Black stars for the 2000 champion Baltimore Ravens included Jamal Lewis, Ray Lewis, Sam Adams and Rod Woodson. Rookie Jamal Lewis had a 1,364-yard rushing season. Ray Lewis was named Defensive Player of the Year. Sam Adams and Rod Woodson, both made the Pro Bowl. The 2000 champion Baltimore Ravens were absent any racial overtones which seem to be prevalent in the Philadelphia team that Chip Kelly is now the head coach.
The 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens included Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice, and Ray Lewis for which all were considered Black stars.
At the end of the 2011 season, Suggs was named #11 on the NFL Top 100 list for 2012. During the 2012 offseason, Suggs tore his Achilles tendon. On October 21, 2012, Suggs returned to play against the Houston Texans. Suggs was a key factor in the Ravens win over the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs. He had two sacks on Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning. Afterwards the Ravens advanced to New England in a rematch of the previous year’s AFC Championship Game where they defeated the Patriots 28-13. The win gave Suggs his first ever AFC Championship and his first appearance in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, the Ravens won 34-31, earning Suggs his first Super Bowl ring.
Ray Rice had major contributions to the 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl season. On November 25, 2012, the Baltimore Ravens were down 3 points with under 2 minutes left in an away game against the San Diego Chargers. The Ravens had the ball at their own 37 yard line. It was 4th down with 29 yards needed for the first down. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed to Rice, who ran for 30 yards to get a first down. The Ravens eventually tied the game and won in overtime. For his performance, Rice received the AFC offensive Player of the Week award and the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week Award.
Ray Lewis was a key factor in the 2012 Super Bowl year. It began with Lewis suffering from torn triceps which he injured on October 14, 2012 during a game against the Dallas Cowboys. Lewis returned to the Baltimore’s Ravens on January 6, 2013 in the game against the Colts. He led the defense to a 24–9 playoff win.
Ray Lewis finished the 2012 regular season with a significant impact which included 57 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 pass deflection in 6 games. During the postseason Super Bowl run Lewis led the NFL with 51 tackles. He also had 2 tackles for a loss and 1 pass deflection in the Super Bowl run. This team was without any racial allegations.
Chip Kelly will have to clean up his allegations of racism before the Philadelphia Eagles will win a Super Bowl.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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