Super Bowl

Black Quarterbacks Who’ve Played in the Super Bowl

Cam Newton was the sixth African-American quarterback to start in the Super Bowl.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on Jan. 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Newton and the Panthers faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016. The Broncos won 24-10. 

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws a pass during the first half of Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks, 28–24.

Wilson was the first African-American quarterback to play in two Super Bowls.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb passes safety Rodney Harrison of the New England Patriots in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on Feb. 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles, 24–21

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair scrambles for yardage against St. Louis Rams defenders during Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta on Jan. 30, 2000. The Rams defeated the Titans, 23–16


Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams is surrounded by members of the media after leading the Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in San Diego on Jan. 31, 1988. Williams completed 18 of 29 attempts and was named Most Valuable Player.