It is that time of the year where we prepare for the big game, and talk about game stories. The PRO Bowl is the weekend and Coaching candidates are flying across the nation interviewing for jobs.
Now, that the season has been stretched longer to seventeen games and 18 weeks, the Super Bowl will always be played in February, which of course is Black history month. So, in honor of both it being Super Bowl week and Black History Month I figured it would be fun to take a look at some important African American athletes Coaches, and other contributors and how they have made an impact on the Super Bowl.
So, the list below as stated are 10 African Americans that have had an impact on NFL’s Big Game.
- Doug Williams – Washington Commanders (Redskins then) Quarterback – Was the first African American Quarterback to play in and win the Super Bowl and he was also the first Black Quarterback to win the MVP of the Super Bowl game itself. Williams threw for five touchdowns in the 2nd Quarter en route to a 42-10 victory.
- Jerry Rice – The best Wide Receiver of all time, won 3 Super Bowls, played in four and won the Super Bowl XXIII MVP logging eleven catches, 215 yards and one touchdown.
- Deion Sanders – The best Cover Corner ever and he won Super Bowls in back-to-back years with different teams. He won in 1994 with the San Francisco 49ers, and then went to Dallas in 1995. Primetime is the only player to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.
- Patrick Mahomes – Played in Back-to-Back Super bowls winning one and has appeared in four straight AFC Championship games.
- Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy – Were there first African American Head Coaches to Coach in the Super Bowl, and opposed each other, in the first ever Super Bowl and thus far the only to feature two African American Coaches.
- Mike Tomlin – The only African American Head Coach to Coach in two Super Bowls. (Won one).
- Russell Wilson – The First African American QB to appear in two Super Bowls in a row. (Winning one and was remarkably close to winning back-to-back Super Bowls.)
- Johnny Grier – The First Black Official to Officiate in the Super Bowl.
- Jerry Reese – First Black General Manager to win a Super Bowl. He won 2 Super Bowls with the New York Football Giants in 2007 and 2011.
- Franco Harris – Pittsburgh Steelers running back was apart of the 1970’s Dynasty of the Steelers, he was the recipient of the Immaculate Reception, which won the Steelers a playoff game and in 1975 he became the first African American to win Super Bowl MVP.