History was made when a record nine African Americans started week 1 of this NFL season. It may seem that in 2013, the race of any player wouldn’t be an issue. In fact, when asked, most of said quarterbacks down played it. Perhaps they should have, acknowledging that it was skill that made team GM’s draft them over anything else. But what can’t be ignored is that they represent opportunity. The Nine—Cam Newton, Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay), Griffin (Washington), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco), EJ Manuel (Buffalo), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Geno Smith (New York Jets), Vick (Philadelphia) and Wilson (Seattle)—lead the charge for change in the NFL, sports, and signify the ever evolving cultural dynamic of America.