Russell Wilson becomes the second African-American starting quarterback to win Super Bowl
Russell Wilson can now call himself a Super Bowl winner.
Wilson’s Seahawks dominated Peyton Manning’s Broncos and never trailed in Super Bowl XLVIII. With his victory, Wilson also became just the second African-American to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback.
Doug Williams was the first, leading the Washington Redskins past the Broncos 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII.
“It’s something I think about, being the second African-American quarterback to win, that’s something special and it’s real,” Wilson told reporters following the 43-8 victory. “There are certainly guys before me that tried to change the game and have done a great job of it. God is so good, man. It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Latino or Asian. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5-11. It’s the heart.”
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Football analyst and former Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard tweeted that Wilson made history Sunday:
In today's Black History Month Moment, congrats to @DangeRussWilson on becoming the SECOND African American QB to win a Super Bowl.
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) February 3, 2014
Monday, Williams talked to NewsOne Now’s Roland Martin about Russell Wilson’s victory.
“It’s truly amazing for a young guy like that to come in and lead his team to a victory,” Williams said. “He could have easily gotten the MVP…but I was hoping he did because he really played with so much poise and made some plays.”
Besides Williams and Wilson, Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb and Colin Kaepernick were other African-Americans who started at quarterback in the Super Bowl.
Wilson’s teammate linebacker Malcolm Smith earned SB MVP honors. For Wilson, all that matters is the Lombardi trophy:
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 3, 2014
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