The 2014-15 season begins as another year with no black kickers in the NFL, adding to the perplexing absence at the position. African Americans represent 67% of the players and over half historically, making this so mind-boggling. (Punters and place-kickers are different positions if you're thinking of Marquette King.)
Since the Super Bowl era began in 1966, about 60% of the NFL has consisted of black players while the place-kicker position has been represented by less than 1/1000 for black players.
The paradox begs for understanding. Is a bizarre underlying prejudice at play, or are black kickers simply the world's rarest athlete?
The NFL is currently in its 49th season of the Super Bowl era, which has had 1,610 starting kicker positions to fill. Only 5 black kickers representing 14 seasons have filled those spots.
The most peculiar sports statistic of all time, the question remains: why? Who are those kickers and what could explain this?
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