Detroit - Last season, his first as the full-time starter, Gardner spoke about the hate email and Twitter posts he received. This year has been just as bad, if not worse, and he estimated he’s received at least 1,000 negative comments via Twitter and Instagram.
“I’ve been called the N-word so many times this year,” Gardner said. “One guy told me I was the N-word, and said I know N-words can’t play quarterback. And I was like, are we not past this? Say what you want about my skill, but come on.”
Undoubtedly, if Michigan was winning, this probably wouldn’t be an issue. But the Wolverines are 3-4 heading into Michigan State and Gardner has thrown eight interceptions and six touchdowns.
Man, I can’t even imagine being a struggling quarterback for a big time college football program. Like as good as life is when you’re playing well and winning games, it’s 100 times worse if you’re underperforming. This blog is basically a daily running diary of how insane college football fans can be, and to have every single one of them turn against you on message boards, email and social media has got to the best the worst feeling in the world. Yeah Devin Gardner has played like garbage this year. More interceptions than touchdowns, losing record, getting benched. Sure he’s on a scholarship and has a bunch of perks other students don’t get and isn’t living up to what’s expected of him. Perfectly reasonable that Michigan fans are fed up. But it takes a special breed of asshole to bombard a 22 year old college kid with hate mail and N bombs because he’s not playing well. Time to reevaluate your life if that’s how you react to losing football games.