Patrick Mahomes: It’s special to have two Black starting QBs in the Super Bowl

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For the first time, the Super Bowl will feature two Black starting quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes.

In a year that’s not far removed from a Hall of Fame executive saying a Black QB should switch to receiver upon entering the league, it’s significant that Hurts and Mahomes will each pilot their teams for the Eagles and Chiefs.

Mahomes was asked about his matchup with Hurts on Thursday.

“To be on the world stage and have two Black quarterbacks starting in the Super Bowl, I think it’s special,” Mahomes said in his press conference. “I’ve learned more and more about the history of the Black quarterback since I’ve been in this league and the guys that came before me and Jalen set the stage for this. And now, I’m just glad that we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now.

“It’ll be a great game [between] two great teams and against another great quarterback. So I’m excited to go out there and try to do what we can to win against a great team.”

Mahomes noted he sees this game as an opportunity to further progress for Black quarterbacks in the future.

“I think you’ve seen over time, whenever a guy like Doug Williams, or Michael Vick, or Donovan McNabb go out and play great football, it gives other guys like me and Jalen chances to have this platform and to have this spot on an NFL team,” Mahomes said. “And so, if we can continue to show that we can consistently be great, I think it’ll just continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and to be a quarterback of an NFL team. And it’s good that we have guys like Jalen on the other side because he’s a great person and obviously a great quarterback.”

There have been only three Black quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl: Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Doug Williams. Hurts would be the fourth if the Eagles win. Mahomes would be the first to win two Super Bowls if the Chiefs win.

25 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: It’s special to have two Black starting QBs in the Super Bowl

  1. I can remember someone saying to me (a couple of decades ago), “You can’t win the Super Bowl with a black quarterback.”

    Times they are a change-en. Thank goodness.

  2. Two great quarterbacks! Great individuals! Hope it’s a great game and the best team wins!

  3. We’re preached to not to see color or race, yet it is brought up every single time…all I see are tow great quarterbacks leading their team.

  4. Morgan Freeman once said regarding racism, “I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” I thought that was very smart. I think, for most people, the only colors they see when watching football is green and gold or silver and blue, etc. But then someone creates the divide by saying, “I am black” or “I am white” and all of the sudden race is brought into it. JMHO.

  5. jcsaved42200: …

    If both were on equal footing, I would agree with you. In a league that has historically been against black QB’s and black coaches, having 2 black QB’s in the superbowl is remarkable. The people that don’t think its a big deal are not the ones that have historically been marginalized

  6. ilbcertain says:
    February 2, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    I guess I never noticed or entered my mind but OK

    Agreed. I never gave it much thought until it’s been brought up numerous times.

    I still remember what a novelty it was when Doug Williams reached the NFL’s pinnacle game.
    Progress, at a slow incremental pace.

    Not to diminish the significance of this moment, what I think is most important though, is the fact these are two quality, very talented, accomplished young men leading their teams.
    Which should weigh more heavily than the color of their skin.

  7. Our society will not be able to evolve into whatever its next phase will be until we can all agree that things like this are NOT special because nobody notices or cares about their race. I just see two outstanding young QBs, nothing more than that.

  8. It’s good to see two great quarterbacks earn their way to the superbowl. No need to bring race into the picture.

  9. So, when I’m denied membership to a country club, what do you think they are looking at? Yeah, it’s special.

  10. I mean, like a third of the teams in the league have a black starting QB, so the odds aren’t that bad.

  11. Of course it`s special. Which 2 teams benefited from all the “missed” calls last weekend again?
    Coincidences work out in the favor of the NFL a lot.

  12. You guys do realize there was a time when blacks were not allowed to play QB in the NFL? So, why would it not be special?

  13. nite2al, Because that was a long time ago. Now is now and we need to stop making race a thing. We are all people. If people truly want equality, stop pointing out race in everything, and be truly equal. It’s like talking to children…..

  14. The media loves to drive the racial division card so much. 2 great qb’s and from the outside looking in, 2 great people.

  15. Interesting, the color of the skin of these two QB’s never crossed my mind until it was brought up.

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