For Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl, watching the NFL Conference Championship games on Sunday was an emotional moment.
Almost exactly 35 years after he won the Super Bowl with the then-Washington Redskins, Williams happily watched on as Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts led the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles to this year’s big game.
Now, for the first time in history, two Black quarterbacks will face off in a Super Bowl when the Chiefs and the Eagles meet at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12.
“It was really gratifying to me,” Williams told CNN Sport, “to see this happen today and knowing that we’ve come a long way and that we’ve still got a long way to go.”
Should the Eagles triumph at Super Bowl LVII, then Hurts would become the fourth Black quarterback to win an NFL Championship after Williams in 1988, Russell Wilson with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and Mahomes, who could be the first Black quarterback to win multiple titles, in 2020.