Posted on January 31, 2023

Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts to Make History as First-Ever Black Starting Quarterbacks to Face Off in Super Bowl

Christopher Brito, CBS News, January 30, 2023

When Super Bowl LVII kicks off in Arizona on February 12, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts will make history. For the first time ever, two Black starting quarterbacks will play against each other in the championship.

Mahomes will be making his third trip to the big game after a dramatic 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He was the third Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl in 2020 when he led the Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers. He lost against the Tampa Buccaneers a year later.

If Mahomes wins against the Eagles, he will be the first Black quarterback with multiple Super Bowl wins.

If the Eagles beat the Chiefs, Hurts would become the fourth Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, joining Mahomes, Doug Williams and Russell Wilson.


Athletic reporter Mike Jones pointed out their matchup comes more than three decades after another history-making moment in the NFL.

“First time two Black quarterbacks have faced in the Super Bowl 35 years after Doug Williams became the first to start in and win a Super Bowl,” Jones wrote.