Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts are first Black beginning quarterbacks to face off in huge sport
Super Bowl LVII is weeks away, however it’s already making historical past. When the large sport begins, it’s going to mark the primary time in Tremendous Bowl historical past two Black quarterbacks — Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts — will start the contest.
Hurts punched his ticket to the competition with a dominant win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Hurts threw for 121 yards, with no passing touchdowns or interceptions, in the 31-7 win. He additionally ran for a rating, ending the day with 39 yards on the bottom and a dashing landing.
Mahomes’ sport was way more intense. Regardless of a bad ankle, Mahomes discovered a option to lead the Chiefs to a 23-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns within the win. Mahomes turned the ball over as soon as on an uncharacteristic fumble, however greater than made up for that with a clutch scramble that put the Chiefs in field-goal place to win the sport.
Black quarterbacks have by no means squared off in Tremendous Bowl
Black quarterbacks have began — and gained — Tremendous Bowls, however Tremendous Bowl LVII will mark the primary time each groups will begin Black quarterbacks.
In 1988, Washington’s Doug Williams grew to become the primary Black quarterback to begin — and win — a Tremendous Bowl. Williams was named the MVP of the competition after throwing for 340 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos.
Over a decade later, Steve McNair led the Tennessee Titans to Tremendous Bowl XXXIV. He got here up one yard in need of victory. 5 years later, Donovan McNabb and the Eagles misplaced to Tom Brady in Tremendous Bowl XXXIX.
Colin Kaepernick began Tremendous Bowl XLVII for the 49ers in 2013, however fell to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. The next season, Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a dominant win over the Denver Broncos. In doing so, Wilson grew to become the second Black quarterback to win a Tremendous Bowl. Wilson introduced Seattle again to a Tremendous Bowl in 2015, however misplaced to Brady and the New England Patriots. The following 12 months, Cam Newton took the Carolina Panthers to the Tremendous Bowl, although the group misplaced to the Broncos.
In 2020, Mahomes grew to become the third Black quarterback to win a Tremendous Bowl, main the Chiefs to a victory over the 49ers. Mahomes took the group again to the Tremendous Bowl in 2021, however fell to Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Both Hurts will turn into the fourth Black quarterback to win a Tremendous Bowl or Mahomes will turn into the primary Black beginning quarterback to win a number of Tremendous Bowls when the mud settles at Tremendous Bowl LVII.