Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the first black quarterback in NFL history to win both the Super Bowl and the league MVP award after defeating the San Francisco 49ers on the NFL's grandest stage.
He is the second black quarterback to win the trophy, after Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers in 1989.
A quarterback leads his team on the field during play against another team and calls their plays from within the huddle. They are also responsible for executing the offense as well as managing the game situation.
Super Bowl LI was played at NRG Stadium in Houston. The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to claim their third title in four years.
They are only the second franchise to achieve this feat, the other being the Pittsburgh Steelers who have won three titles in a row.
The Patriots were led by quarterback Tom Brady, who had won his fourth championship before the end of February. He is currently the most successful quarterback of all time with more than 200 victories over the course of his career.
Brady has never lost the Super Bowl despite coming up short in several attempts throughout his career.
Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, became the eighth black quarterback to start a Super Bowl. To date, Williams and Mahomes are the only players to have won the Super Bowl MVP honor.
Williams was the first black quarterback to win the award, taking home the trophy in 1995. He was followed by Jackson, Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger, Brees, and now Mahomes. It is important to note that neither Williams nor Mahomes played outside of the United States. Both men played for Canadian teams.
Currently, there are three black quarterbacks starting games in the NFL: Mahomes, Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, and C.J. Beathard of the Chicago Bears. Neither Williams nor Jackson played outside of North America.
In addition to Williams and Mahomes, there have been seven other black quarterbacks who have been considered contenders for the league's most valuable player award: Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown, Frank Gifford, Earl Campbell, Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, and Deion Sanders. Three of these eight men played at least one season for an American football team in the National Football League: Bradshaw, Gifford, and Rice. The other four men played for Canadian teams: Williams, Jackson, Mahomes, and Smith.
Only two black starting quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl: Doug Williams with the Redskins and Patrick Mahomes (who I believe is mixed race) with the Chiefs last year. Before those three, there were only three other black starting quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl: Jim Kelly, Joe Namath, and Johnny Unitas.
There have been many more black backups and role players though, including Curtis Martin, Billy Wilson, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Terrell Davis, and Frank Gore. There have also been many more white starters including Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Randall Cunningham, Kerry Collins, and Eli Manning. To date, no other combination of black and white has won a Super Bowl.
Doug Williams was the first quarterback who wasn't white to win the Super Bowl. He led the Redskins to their first title in 1991 after being replaced by John Elway late in the season. Although he didn't play in the game, Patrick Mahomes is now the second black quarterback to win the Super Bowl. He led the Chiefs to victory over the 49ers this past February.
Overall, it's a pretty even split between blacks and whites who start and come off the bench in Super Bowls. There have been eight blacks and eight whites start games during the history of the NFL Championship Series.