In spite of all the turmoil presently taking place in the world regarding racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans, history was made in the sports world when 10 Black starting quarterbacks played in the NFL over the weekend.
For the first time in NFL history, there were 10 Black men anchoring the most pivotal position in football, according to TouchdownWire. The quarterbacks started on the opening weekend of the 2020 season, the most Black quarterbacks to start in an opening week in NFL history.
Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Dwayne Haskins, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Tyrod Taylor, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson
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NFL star Cam Newton became the first Black starting quarterback in the history of the storied franchise, the New England Patriots. Newton had filled the void left by former Patriot legend, Tom Brady, who left the team to sign with The Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason.
Included on this esteemed list are two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
Two of the Black quarterbacks went head-to-head in the opening week, Mahomes and Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson. The Black quarterbacks secured seven wins for the first round of games last week.
The 10 quarterbacks that made history over the weekend are as follows:
- Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
- Dwayne Haskins – Washington Football Team
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
- Cam Newton – New England Patriots
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
- Tyrod Taylor – Los Angeles Chargers
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks