‘It Gets My Competitive Juices Flowing,’ Jewish NFL Draft Prospect Says About Antisemitic Slurs Used Against Him
One of the top prospects in the 2018 NFL draft talked on Monday about being attacked with antisemitic slurs by opponents on the field.
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen told NFL.com that his Jewish heritage has made him an easy target for his competitors. The 21-year-old said, “I get a lot of Jewish things. My nose, particularly. I get, like, ‘Stay the f— down, you Jewish bastard … I’m gonna break your f—- nose, you Jew.'”
The California native also said that at one of his “best games,” which took place in Arizona during his freshman year, rival fans had a banner with his face on the queen from the animated film “Frozen” and the caption, “Josh Rosen’s Bar Mitzvah Wasn’t Even Lit.”
Rosen isn’t fazed by the antisemitic slurs used against him and said that in fact he likes it when people “try to get in my head.” The trash talk makes him push harder and be more competitive, and he enjoys proving people wrong.
“I like away games more than home games. I like silencing crowds; that’s a big thing.” he added. “When people really get into me, it gets my competitive juices flowing. I love seeing heartbroken fans. Some stadiums, the fans are really close to you, and they’ll call you names: ‘Rosen, go back to your hot tub.’ And when you beat them and get to turn around and wave? It’s the best.”