By: Jarrod Horton
It’s been 35 years since Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. Now in 2023, we have two Black quarterbacks starting in the NFL’s biggest game. Barring injury, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs or Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles will join the short list of Black QBs to win the Super Bowl.
Up to this point only three quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl, Patrick Mahomes has done it once, the aforementioned Doug Williams and Russell Wilson. There have been only seven Black quarterbacks who have started in the championship game. In my opinion, the lack of presence of Black QBs has more to do with lack of opportunity than it does with lack of ability.
It’s no secret that the NFL has a history of discriminating against Blacks when it comes to employing them in leadership positions. The fact that two Black quarterbacks are finally starting in the Super Bowl shouldn’t be a big deal but it is. More than the accomplishment, it shows the lack of progression in the NFL and the need for more to be done. Hopefully, this becomes an upward trend for more Blacks becoming the faces of NFL franchises because it is long overdue.