How Many Super Bowls Have Black Quarterbacks Won?

Three Black quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl in the history of the National Football League (NFL). Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins became the first Black quarterback to win the NFL’s biggest game in 1988. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, and Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City won the Super Bowl in 2019 following a great sophomore season as a starter.

Mahomes led Kansas City to their first championship in 50 years this season, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970. He became the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a championship and, after Williams, the second Black quarterback to be awarded Super Bowl MVP. Mahomes became the third Black quarterback in NFL history to earn the MVP Award, following in the footsteps of Steve McNair and Cam Newton.

Williams was supposed to start the 1987 season as a backup quarterback, but he took over when starter Jay Schroeder was injured in the season opener. After an outstanding regular season, he and the Washington Redskins faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, where he set a single-quarter record with 35 points on four touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams was named Super Bowl MVP after the game.

The 2013-2014 season was a watershed moment for the Seattle Seahawks, with Wilson clinching the team’s first-ever championship. He had a 123.1 passer rating and two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, with no interceptions. Wilson became the first Black quarterback to play in two consecutive Super Bowls, one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating of over 100.

He also owns the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback in seven seasons (75) and became the league’s highest-paid player in 2019 after signing a four-year, $140 million contract deal.

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

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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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