Are There Any Latino Football Players in the NFL?
The NFL might have a somewhat diverse player base compared to other major professional leagues in America, but this doesn’t mean that every group is represented equally. As such, while black and white players make up the majority of the NFL, other groups can be underrepresented when exploring the diversity of the league. A 2017 study showed that while 17.3% of the country is Latino, only 2% of NFL players are Latino.
Whether this speaks for interest within the community or a problem in who is given the opportunity.
Bias or chance?
A 2015 article by the Desert Sun posited that at that time, only 1.53% of the NFL was Latino. While these numbers are somewhat larger now, they are still minuscule when they are compared to the national population.
Football remains one of the most popular sports in high school and children’s leagues, and it does not avoid communities with heavily Latino populations.