Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope: People are shocked I’m a white guy running a 4.3

Ryan-Swope-Texas-AMFormer Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, making him one of the three fastest players who took place in the Combine this year. But could he be flying under the radar even with that blazing speed?

In an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday, Swope was asked about being a white guy with those kinds of wheels. He said the fact that a white guy ran as fast as he did probably caught some people off guard.

“I think a lot of people were pretty shocked,” Swope said. “You don’t see that every day, a white guy running a 4.3. I just wanted to go out and let people know how important this is to me. This is a big deal. I’m trying to make it in the NFL and I want to go out and do it the right way.”

As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Swope’s NFL.com scouting report says that his straight-line speed and acceleration are “average.” Either that information is inaccurate, or something is wrong with the clocks at the Combine.

Naturally, the former Aggie is used to being compared to successful white wide receivers who currently play in the NFL. One such player is Wes Welker, who Swope is not complaining about being compared to.

“I’ve been compared to Welker,” he said. “I think that’s a huge compliment because Welker’s a great football player. … But I think people decide to make a white and white comparison.”

While Swope’s skin color may work against him if he is stereotyped leading up to the NFL Draft, there are a number of current NFL players who feel that it can work in a player’s favor at the professional level. Several Miami Dolphins players feel that Brian Hartline is underrated because he’s white. Jordy Nelson feels he does not get the respect he deserves from opposing defenses for the same reason. Flying under the radar has its pros and cons.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Wright/100000122870251 Scott Wright

    So we need the Rooney rule when it comes to head coach’s and front office people but its OK to exclude or jump way over the “white” folks in the draft and other sports,Sounds just a little like reverse discrimination to me,Where’s the parity?I dont see equal numbers of whites and blacks in the  lineups,Try being white The new minority,Not that big a deal but we still get to right the wrong from over 140 yrs ago,Go figure!

  • Mexoplex

    oh poor poor picked on white guys. its not fair! we cant get a far shake in NOTHING! booo @#$%^&* hoo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coachlauer Richard E Lauer

    Agree 100% with Scott. Get over it people!! I’ve coached for 40 years, very successfully, and never made, or noticed any differences in the abilities  of the races. When kids with parents of different races call themselves “mixed” I have the talk with them. You’re not “mixed” you’re Sally, or Bobby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.dalzell Larry Dalzell

    You are rite on the money.  I think it’s just about as bad as the 50’s & 60’s only reverse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004528301280 Edward Diviney Jr.

    How about all the Politically Correct Fools take off the glasses of idiocy they wear for a change. Once they do that they will realize something. There is only “1 Race on Earth” at the moment & that is the “Human Race”. So how about we acknowledge that and stop letting parents raise stupid children who think otherwise.

  • topwolf1

    Your an idiot, there is no such thing as reverse discrimination, and for any other moron out there that believes being allowed to run a 40 yard dash and surprising the scouts because he is white equates to this country’s history of oppression. Discrimination is discrimination which is a prejudice based on perceived treatment of individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group. Looks like he ran the 40 yard dash in a exceptional time, was allowed to participate in the combines. When you lose the right to vote, not be aloud to attend schools, work under Jim Crow laws, not be allowed to participate inMLB baseball before the 40′, march to gain the right to vote, and the list goes on and on, then you can speak about discrimination. I’ve played football and in certain positions it’s about speed, others it’s size and agility. This kid will make it or not based on that, real simple. Take your educationally deficient and historically inaccurate opinion to the next Klan rally you attend

  • GooseandGander

    Some people are just plain hypocrites. They scream bloody murder, whine, and stomp their feet when discrimination is made on behalf of their OWN color. BUT when the very EXACT same thing happens to someone of a different color it’s never a big deal. Discrimination is discrimination no matter what color you are or aren’t. It either applies EVERYBODY or NOBODY. Take your pick, 

    The Gander