When Super Bowl LVII kicks off in Arizona on Feb. 12, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts will make history. For the first time ever, two Black starting quarterbacks will play against each other in the championship.
Mahomes will be making his third trip to the big game after a dramatic 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He was the third Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl in 2020 when he led the Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers. He lost against the Tampa Buccaneers a year later.
If Mahomes wins against the Eagles, he will be the first Black quarterback with multiple Super Bowl wins.
If the Eagles beat the Chiefs, Hurts would become the fourth Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, joining Mahomes, Doug Williams and Russell Wilson.
The history-making matchup wasn’t lost on some on Twitter.
Warren Moon, a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback who is Black, said he was “proud” to see them both in the Super Bowl.
“I’m so proud to see Jalen and Patrick as the first 2 African American QBs to face each other in the Super Bowl!
We have come a long way. ????”
— Warren Moon (@WMoon1) Jan. 30, 2023
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson remarked on it, also pointing out that both quarterbacks are in the running for the league’s MVP race.
“What a historic moment, this will be the first time two Black starting quarterbacks will face each other in the Super Bowl, and they both are leading candidates for NFL MVP! I can’t wait to watch!” he wrote.
Sports journalist Taylor Rooks tweeted that it was “glorious” to have two Black starting quarterbacks in the game.
“2 black QBs in the Super Bowl. First time ever. Glorious. Advancements. Don’t let anybody tell you that’s not important!”
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) Jan. 30, 2023
Athletic reporter Mike Jones pointed out their matchup comes more than three decades after another history-making moment in the NFL.
“First time two Black quarterbacks have faced in the Super Bowl 35 years after Doug Williams became the first to start in and win a Super Bowl,” Jones wrote.