Doug Williams tells TMZ Sports he teared up after Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts officially made the Super Bowl … comparing the moment to when Barack Obama first got elected.
Williams, the first-ever Black starting quarterback to win the Lombardi Trophy, said the tears never quite spilled over onto his cheeks — but he said they were there, and they were filled with happiness nonetheless.
“I had tears of joy in my eye because I had an opportunity to witness this,” the former Washington signal-caller said.
“Sit there, and just look at it, and say to myself, ‘Man, we got two Black quarterbacks playing in the Super Bowl.'”
Williams said he had similar feelings when Obama beat out John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election … and also when Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith coached against each other in the Colts vs. Bears Super Bowl XLI.
“Things like that,” Williams said, “give me joy. Give me chills.”
Williams became the first Black QB to win a Super Bowl in 1988, when Washington beat Denver in SB XXII. Since then, Russell Wilson and Mahomes are the only two who have accomplished the same feat.
35 years ago today, Doug Williams became the first Black QB to start and win a Super Bowl. 🙌 (via @NFLLegacy) pic.twitter.com/wGUT2P7GoG
— NFL (@NFL) January 31, 2023
Williams called the upcoming Mahomes vs. Hurts matchup a huge step — but said there’s certainly more he wants to see in the NFL … and across society as a whole.