Two Black quarterbacks start the Super Bowl for the first time ever

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  • Published on February 1, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

For the first time in history, two Black quarterbacks will face off in the Super Bowl.

If you are heading to Glendale, Arizona for the big game, you’ll be watching history. The NFL has been around for 103 years and this year we’ll bear witness to something that’s never happened.

For the first time in history the Super Bowl will feature two Black quarterbacks. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal to some, but once you look back, this is more than just a battle between two great teams.

Doug Williams was the first Black signal caller to win a championship in 1987, while only Russell Wilson and Pat Mahomes followed as winners. Mahomes is back leading his Kansas City Chiefs, and Jalen Hurts makes his first appearance in the title game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The aforementioned Doug Williams, who attended HBCU powerhouse Grambling State, was excited about this situation. He stated, “Cause, you know, it was great for me to see and just to be here, knowing what had transpired with me 35 years ago, and to see this now – not only one quarterback, but we got two in the Super Bowl. And that’s a great feeling.”

Over the years, the NFL has been known to treat Black QB’s differently. We’ve seen a history of racist practices, as Black quarterbacks were praised for their athleticism but never for their intellect. Despite stereotypes, this year has seen 11 of the 16 teams start the season with Black quarterbacks at the helm.

Neither Mahomes or Hurts are slouches, either, as both were finalists for the NFL MVP and won Offensive Player of the Year awards. Kansas City and Philadelphia are two football cities known for their passionate fanbase. They championed both leaders this year and will have no issues finding a team to cheer on.

For Black people with no team in the race, there’s usually a rule of thumb. It’s used while watching tennis or Family Feud. As Issa Rae once touted, “I’m rooting for everybody Black.” This year you might just be rooting for a great game. Good luck to both teams – whoever wins will add to the legacy of Black Quarterbacks in the NFL.


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