One. Doug Williams was a washington redskin in superbowl 22 and i think he was the mvp for that superbowl.
Short answer Dog William - None Since
2005 鈥?When Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl 17 years ago, it inspired an 11-year-old kid in Chicago.
Today, that kid 鈥?Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb 鈥?will attempt to become the second black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
This time, it will be Williams who's watching. And hoping. And dreaming."I hope a whole lot of people watching the game say they want to be Donovan McNabb," Williams said. "And I hope some of those kids are white."
Doug Williams (left) was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII. That speaks to the evolution of the black quarterback in today's NFL.
Change has come slowly 鈥?Willie Thrower was the NFL's first black quarterback in 1953 鈥?but NFL franchises are changing their perceptions and attitudes of what a quarterback should look like.
Warren Moon posted some prolific numbers in 17 NFL seasons. They still prefer a player who's 6-5 and 230 pounds with a powerful arm. But now, it doesn't seem to matter quite as much the color of his skin.
"It's history. I feel great to be a part of that," McNabb said. "I think it's a special feeling, not only for myself, but for all of the other African-American quarterbacks that are in the NFL as well as playing on the collegiate level. It gives everybody a drive on the collegiate level to know that this could happen to you."
Of the 32 NFL teams, only San Francisco and the New York Giants have not had a black quarterback on their roster.
In 2001, Jacksonville was a six-year-old franchise with no black quarterbacks. This season, the Jaguars became the first NFL team with three black quarterbacks on their roster.
Dallas had three black quarterbacks on its roster in 2001, but the Cowboys released starter Tony Banks a few days into training camp.
Consider, there were only four black quarterbacks in the NFL in 1986. This season, six franchises had black starters at quarterback and three took their teams to the playoffs.
Tennessee's Steve McNair shared the NFL MVP award with Peyton Manning in 2003.
Last month, McNabb and Atlanta's Michael Vick met in the NFC Championship Game, the first time black quarterbacks had opposed each other in a conference championship.
"We're removing the stereotypes that we're not great thinkers, or leaders or passers," said Warren Moon, who passed for 49,325 yards with 291 touchdowns and 233 interceptions in his 17-year NFL career. "We might be able to improvise a little more 鈥?it's a great asset to be able to create 鈥?but none of it means anything if you don't study the game."
Nearly 40 years later, there's anger in Marlin Briscoe's voice.
Briscoe didn't know what the future held when he started six games for the Denver Broncos in 1968. He just wanted an opportunity to see what he could do.
But he never got the chance.
A few months after the Oakland Raiders made Eldridge Dickey the 25th player selected in the draft and the first black quarterback chosen in the first round, Briscoe became the first to start a game.
Briscoe, a rookie, completed 93 of 224 passes (41.5 percent) for 1,589 yards with a then-NFL record 14 touchdown passes in 11 games.
That November, he turned in a magnificent performance against Buffalo, passing for 335 yards and four touchdowns.
After the season, Denver released Briscoe. He never played quarterback again.
"There were certainly quarterbacks who had the physical and mental ability to do it, but there were virtually no opportunities," Briscoe said. "The climate away from football was very volatile because of the civil rights movement. Pro football actually mirrored what society was going through."
Briscoe joined Buffalo, which moved him to receiver.
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He went to the Pro Bowl in 1970 with 57 catches for 1,036 yards, an 18.2-yard average per catch. He finished his career in Miami, where he earned two Super Bowl rings and played on the Dolphins' undefeated team in 1972.
QB? Not a chance
The switch was not unusual.
In the 1970s, the Cowboys signed Tulsa free agent Drew Pearson (1973) and drafted Ohio State's Cornelius Green (1976), each of whom had played quarterback in college for run-oriented teams. Pearson became one of the best receivers in Cowboys history; Green failed to make the team.
In today's NFL, each player might have been given an opportunity to play quarterback.
Just like if players such as McNabb, Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper, Tennessee's Steve McNair and Atlanta's Michael Vick had played in a different era, they probably would have been moved to different positions.
"Culpepper would've been a tight end, and Michael Vick would've been a wide receiver or a cornerback," said Williams, now a member of Tampa Bay's personnel department.
Great athletes are allowed to play quarterback today because they can change the complexion of a game on any play by running or passing. Coaches want the ball in their hands on every play.
Of course, it has always been that way.
In the '70s, Fran Tarkenton and Roger Staubach were known as two of the most dangerous scramblers in the game, because they could make plays running or throwing. Few, though, questioned their ability to pass.
That hasn't been the case with black quarterbacks.
But this season, McNabb became the first quarterback in league history to throw more than 30 touchdowns with fewer than 10 interceptions. Culpepper had 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
"I have been a passing quarterback ever since I've played this game," McNabb said, "but I think when you have an opportunity to use your athletic ability, you want to use it to the best of your ability and when your team needs it.
"You don't drop back and just take off and run. You want to make sure you're reading the defense. If nothing opens, you do what you have to do to move the chains."
'Game is changing'
When blacks first started getting a chance to regularly play quarterback in the NFL, the opportunities were limited to elite players.
Guys such as Warren Moon, one of the first players to earn more than $1 million when he joined Houston as a free agent in 1984, Randall Cunningham and Williams.
These days, there are black quarterbacks such as McNabb, Culpepper, McNair and Vick, who are stars. There are also solid starters such as New Orleans' Aaron Brooks and Jacksonville's Byron Leftwich and backups such as former Cowboys starter Quincy Carter, Arizona's Shaun King and Baltimore's Kordell Stewart.
"The game is changing," said Jacksonville pro personnel director James Harris, the first black quarterback to start a playoff game.
"Before, black quarterbacks had to be great players before they could play in the NFL. There were starters but no backups. That's changed."
Philadelphia's third-string quarterback is Jeff Blake, who once played in the Pro Bowl, and New England's backup is Rohan Davey, the MVP in NFL Europe last spring.
"It's still rare for a black quarterback to start in the NFL, but this is the year it wasn't such a big deal about black quarterbacks in the playoffs," Williams said. "We're getting there slowly but surely."
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McNabb knows there are fans rooting for Philadelphia because he is a black quarterback. Just like there were fans who rooted for Tennessee's Steve McNair in Super Bowl XXXIV for the same reason.
It doesn't add any pressure.
That's because there's always been pressure on McNabb to succeed.
He had it at Mount Caramel High School, when he refused to consider universities that wanted him to play other positions. And at Syracuse.
And in Philadelphia, where the fans booed when he was selected in the NFL draft.
All of those experiences have made McNabb enjoy this week, while making him realize how important it is for him to show another generation that blacks can succeed at one of the most demanding positions in sports.
"That was kind of an open door for black kids to have dreams and aspirations of playing, not only in the NFL, but in the Super Bowl," McNabb said of Williams. "To be in that list of only three who have played in the Super Bowl says a lot. Doug opened the door for us.
"What Steve McNair was able to do in the Super Bowl, it gives the kids now at the collegiate level, high school, Pop Warner, an opportunity to dream and have aspirations of playing on this level and winning a Super Bowl."
Cowboys make franchise history with Collier
Reggie Collier became the Cowboys' first black quarterback when he signed a four-year contract in 1986.
But it didn't work out.
Collier wanted to run; coach Tom Landry wanted him in the pocket.
Two weeks into the season, Landry asked Collier to play receiver after a rash of injuries at the position. Against Detroit and Atlanta, Collier played receiver, but never had a pass directed his way.
In his only start 鈥?a 24-10 loss to Chicago 鈥?Collier completed 4 of 9 passes for 44 yards and rushed five times for 32 yards.
The Cowboys waived him in training camp the next season. He played two games with Pittsburgh in 1987 but didn't play again.
BLACK QUARTERBACKS IN THE NFL: A TIMELINE
Chicago Bears backup Willie Thrower becomes the first black quarterback to play in an NFL game on Oct. 18.
Eldridge Dickey becomes the first black quarterback selected in the first round by an AFL or NFL team, when Oakland selects him with the 25th pick.
With the Broncos, Marlin Briscoe becomes the first black starting quarterback. He starts six games and plays in 11.
James Harris becomes the first black quarterback to start a playoff game, when the Los Angeles Rams beat Washington, 19-10, in a NFC Divisional playoff game.
Tampa Bay selects Grambling's Doug Williams with the 17th pick of the first round, the first time a black quarterback has been selected since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970.
Warren Moon, one of the best players in CFL history, becomes one of the first NFL players to make more than $1 million a season.
The Cowboys sign Reggie Collier, their first black quarterback.
Doug Williams passes for a then-Super Bowl record 340 yards as Washington wins Super Bowl XXII, 42-10, over Denver.
Philadelphia selects Donovan McNabb with the second pick in the draft, the highest a black quarterback has been selected.
The Cowboys select Quincy Carter in the second round (53rd overall), the first time Dallas has drafted a black quarterback. The Cowboys enter the off-season with three black quarterbacks on their roster.
Atlanta takes Michael Vick, making him the first black quarterback selected No.1 overall.
Quincy Carter becomes the first black quarterback to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs.
Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick face each other in the NFC Championship Game, the first time two black quarterbacks have started a conference title game
2006 - None in Chamionship game or Suberbowl
It was one and that would be doug williams