From halftime to MVPs, black history is part of the Super Bowl

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Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs will make history Sunday when two black quarterbacks meet in a Super Bowl for the first time. If Hurts leads his team to victory, he will be the fourth black quarterback to do so, following Washington’s Doug Williams in 1988, Mahomes in 2020 and the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson in 2013.

Only seven black quarterbacks have started a Super Bowl, with racial stigmas against black quarterbacks dating from the 1950s that suggested they lacked the intelligence or skills to successfully perform the role.

The league has also had to deal with a lack of black coaches and figures in leadership positions, and its inability to institute policies to break down these barriers. Last year, former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL, the New York Giants and other teams alleging racial discrimination in the hiring of coaches. According to a 2022 Washington Post series called «Black Out» that examined the lack of black head coaches in the NFL, while approximately 70% of black players in the NFL were black, only 11% of coaches in full-time boss since 1990 have been Black. The report also found that black coaches were more likely to serve as interim coaches, and those teams were generally in a bit of a disarray before coming together.

Here’s a timeline of historic Black Super Bowl scoops:

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