Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts will become the first Black starting quarterbacks to face off in the Super Bowl when the Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) in a couple of weeks.
In 1988, Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He was also the first Black QB to start in the big game.
Since then, only two other Black QBs have been able to claim an NFL title, but others haven’t been as fortunate.
Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are four Black quarterbacks who unfortunately fell short at the Super Bowl.
Russell Wilson became the second Black QB to win a ring when he led the Seattle Seahawks past the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 26 years after Williams’ achievement.
Hurts could become fourth Black QB to win SB
Mahomes became the third when he won the SB in 2020, a victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He’s now close to making more history as a Black QB, but not if Hurts gets in the way.
Hurts has a chance at becoming the fourth Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. If Mahomes wins, though, he will become the first Black starting QB to win multiple Super Bowl rings.
Mahomes vs. Hurts is also the youngest quarterback matchup (combined age of 51 years, 337 days) to battle in a Super Bowl, according to ESPN.
Super Bowl LVII will be played at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. Kickoff is schedule for Sunday, Feb. 12 at 18:30 ET on Fox.