This Day in Black History: Jan. 31, 1988

1987:  Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball during a 1987 NFL season game. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Jan. 31, 1988

Former Washington Redskins QB Doug Williams became the first African-American to play in and win a Super Bowl on Jan. 31, 1988.

Published January 31, 2014

This Day in Black History marks two major milestones in African-American history. Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins was the first Black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl on Jan. 31, 1988, in Super Bowl XXII. He also became the first Black QB to win the Super Bowl when he led the Redskins to defeat the Denver Broncos 42-10.

Despite critics rooting for Denver, Williams, who was injured early on in the game, came back after two plays to score five touchdowns and seal the Redskins' win. With Williams as their leader the Redskins scored 35 points in one quarter, setting another record for the most points ever for a single postseason quarter in National Football League history.

After the Redskins’ 35 points, the Broncos never recovered and the Redskins scored once more in the second half to end the game at 42-10. Besides taking home the Lombardi Trophy, overall Williams had a record-breaking historic game. His four touchdowns in the first half tied the Super Bowl then-record for most touchdowns thrown in an entire game. Also in the first half, he passed for 306 yards, just 25 short of the Super Bowl record for an entire game. Williams also broke the record — set by Joe Montana in Super Bowl XIX — in the third quarter.

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(Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Written by Dominique Zonyéé


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