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The 2016 Rose Bowl saw  No. 6 ranked University of Stanford decimate No.5 ranked University of Iowa 45-16.

But the real star of the show was Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had already broken Hall of Famer Barry Sanders record for all-purpose yards in the regular season. McCaffrey had nearly 4,000 all-purpose yards which is nothing short of incredible compared to this year’s running back class. The Rose Bowl saw McCaffrey break the record for all-purpose yards in the particular game’s history, totaled at 368 yards.

At only 19-years-old and a sophomore at Stanford, the praise for the young man has been overwhelming. He comes from a very athletic family where his father played in the NFL and his mother was an Olympian. Many have him stapled as the next Heisman Trophy winner and a future top pick and player in the NFL. With the opportunity to play two more years in college there’s no doubt McCaffrey will get even better during that time that an NFL football team will be in great need for a running back of McCaffrey’s caliber.

Many wonder how McCaffrey could’ve been passed over for the Heisman Trophy this year breaking the record of arguably one of the greatest running backs of all time, if not the greatest in Barry Sanders. Coupled with this performance in one of the most highly anticipated bowl games of the season, the decision is coming under minor scrutiny from analysts and critics. The argument is that despite all nominees having earned the chance at the Heisman, McCaffrey was passed because of his location and background at the running back position.

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The running back position is predominantly black and although it isn’t rare to see white male athlete play the position, it is rare to see someone of McCaffrey’s background play at such a level most often seen from the African-American community. Barry Sanders and Walter Payton from the past; Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch in the present. McCaffrey is rivaling these names with his performances and potential. It is common to see white male athletes at quarterback, kicker, and punter positions than at the others which are either shared equally among white and black athletes. It is also worth noting that because of the various athlete backgrounds that come into the game of football, the game is a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds at all positions so the argument is clouded from that perspective of thinking. Yet the question remains what could’ve blocked Christian McCaffrey from the Heisman? Race could certainly have come into play, but it doesn’t take away anything from McCaffrey or the other participants and winner Derrick Henry of the University of Alabama.

McCaffrey is a future star in the NFL, and he chooses that route, it’s what he can do there that will matter most in the end when it comes to his talent level.

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