How Many Black Quarterbacks Have Taken Home Championship Rings?

Three Black quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League (NFL) have captured the Super Bowl. Doug Williams, a Washington player, made history in 1988 when he became the first Black quarterback to win the NFL’s championship game.

Decades later, Russell Wilson would guide the Seattle Seahawks to triumph in 2014, and most recently, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl in 2019 after an outstanding sophomore season as the starter.

By defeating the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes led Kansas City to their first championship trip in 50 years and their first Super Bowl triumph since 1970. He won Super Bowl LIV, becoming him the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to do so, and the second Black quarterback (after Williams) to get the Super Bowl MVP award.

Mahomes became the third Black quarterback in league history to earn the NFL MVP Award, joining Steve McNair and Cam Newton.

Williams was supposed to start the 1987 season as a backup, but when starter Jay Schroeder hurt himself, he took over at quarterback. After an outstanding regular season, he and the Washington Redskins faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, where he set a record for a single quarter by scoring 35 points off of four touchdowns in the second. Williams was named the Super Bowl MVP after the game.

With Wilson securing the Seattle Seahawks’ first-ever title triumph, the 2013–2014 campaign was history in the making for the franchise. He had a 123.1 passer rating, two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and no interceptions.

Wilson became the first Black quarterback to play in two straight Super Bowls and is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passing rating over 100. He also owns the record for the most victories by an NFL quarterback through seven seasons (75), and in 2019, he surpassed all other players in the league in terms of salary courtesy to a four-year, $140 million contract extension.

(Note: Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens became the fourth Black quarterback in NFL history to win the league’s MVP Award after an outstanding 2019 campaign.)

How many black quarterbacks have taken home championship rings?

Three Black quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League (NFL) have captured the Super Bowl. Doug Williams, a Washington player, made history in 1988 when he became the first Black quarterback to win the NFL’s championship game.

Decades later, Russell Wilson would guide the Seattle Seahawks to triumph in 2014, and most recently, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl in 2019 after an outstanding sophomore season as the starter.

By defeating the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes led Kansas City to their first championship trip in 50 years and their first Super Bowl triumph since 1970. He won Super Bowl LIV, becoming him the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to do so, and the second Black quarterback (after Williams) to get the Super Bowl MVP award.

Mahomes became the third Black quarterback in league history to earn the NFL MVP Award, joining Steve McNair and Cam Newton.

Williams was supposed to start the 1987 season as a backup, but when starter Jay Schroeder hurt himself, he took over at quarterback. After an outstanding regular season, he and the Washington Redskins faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, where he set a record for a single quarter by scoring 35 points off of four touchdowns in the second. Williams was named the Super Bowl MVP after the game.

With Wilson securing the Seattle Seahawks’ first-ever title triumph, the 2013–2014 campaign was history in the making for the franchise. He had a 123.1 passer rating, two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and no interceptions.

Wilson became the first Black quarterback to play in two straight Super Bowls and is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passing rating over 100. He also owns the record for the most victories by an NFL quarterback through seven seasons (75), and in 2019, he surpassed all other players in the league in terms of salary courtesy to a four-year, $140 million contract extension.

(Note: Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens became the fourth Black quarterback in NFL history to win the league’s MVP Award after an outstanding 2019 campaign.)

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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