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If you blow it up—Mike Tyson, for instance. Everybody's talking about how he raped this girl, he didn't rape this girl. Who knows what happened in that room? He might not have done anything. But because you blow it up and you talk about it more and more, it gets worse. Whenever they bring up Tyson's name now, it's, "Yeah, did you hear he raped a girl?" Now, see—what if he didn't? He probably didn't. Mike probably didn't do anything. He probably went and enjoyed himself, and someone felt upset about something and turned it all around.
SI: Have you been treated differently, as a black, in different parts of the country?
RC: I grew up in California. Black people dated white people. White people dated blacks. When I went a little bit more central, to [the University of Nevada] Las Vegas, it was different. You get to the East Coast, and it's even more different.
People prepared me and said, "Hey, you're going to a big city, Philadelphia. They're going to be shooting these crazy questions at you about the black quarterback situation. And when I first came [here], a guy named Billy Werndl [a television sports producer in Philadelphia] asked me how I felt about being a black quarterback in Philadelphia. The only thing I could think of was a funny answer, like: "What? Am I supposed to be a white quarterback? A Chicano quarterback?" I said, "Well, you know I'm a South Philadelphian. I thought I was Italian." That was my way of answering the question and saying, Oh, ha! ha! ha!
I'm just me. I'm a black person. I'm a football player. I don't play for a black football team. I don't play for a white football team. I go out and play football. This is a sport. It doesn't matter what color you are.
SI: Do you think, because you're black, people underestimate your football knowledge and your intelligence?
RC: You better ask somebody else that question.
SI: So you don't think you have to be a spokesperson on racial issues?
RC: That's a hard question to answer. I'm not a racist person, but you can't change [other] people. They have to change themselves.
SI: You've been compared not only to Montana. What about when you put yourself in the same category as Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson?