This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs will be historic. For the first time in history, a super bowl will be played between two Black starting quarterbacks with Jalen Hurts leading the Eagles and Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs. And legendary quarterback Doug Williams is quite happy about it.
Doug Williams was the first Black quarterback ever to play in – and win – a Super Bowl in the history of the NFL. And in an interview this week, he revealed that he “had tears of joy in my eye” at the chance to witness such a historic Super Bowl.
He even compared the moment to the 2008 presidential election, revealing that this year’s Super Bowl makes him feel the same way that he did when Barack Obama was elected the first Black president of the United States.
It’s quite a big comparison, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Williams nails it here: "It’s easy for somebody to say why you got to bring color into it if you don’t understand what we as black quarterbacks and blacks as whole has been through. … It is a big deal.”
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) February 4, 2023
Please stop this! To make an issue of the ethnicity of these QBs robs them of the credit they each deserve for earning the right to be there! 🤦🏽♂️ RT: Doug Williams, first Black Super Bowl-winning QB, likens this year's big game to Barack Obama's electionhttps://t.co/FNh5gATrHP
— Darrell B. Harrison (@D_B_Harrison) February 5, 2023
I’m happy for Hurts and Mahomes, but don’t forget that the great talents around them make this possible. There are several Super Bowl capable quarterbacks, but they don’t have a solid team.
— GhostOfPaulRevere (@Chadforbabies) February 5, 2023
That’s a bit of a stretch. But happy for all. Great athletes earned the right to play in the SB. Land of Opportunity!
— What’s so funny about peace love & understanding (@Mybookself81) February 5, 2023
Williams will likely hope that the two quarterbacks are just as dominant as he was during his Super Bowl victory. During that game, Williams threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns in Super Bowl to lead Washington to a 42-10 blowout victory over the Denver Broncos, earning MVP honors for his performance.