Doug Williams, the Black American quarterback of the Washington Redskins, was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXII.
1988 (Jan 31)
Doug Williams, the Black American quarterback of the Washington Redskins, was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXII. Williams, the first Black quarterback ever to start in a Super Bowl, completed 18 of 29 passes totaling 340 yards and four touchdowns. The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos of the American Football Conference, 42-10. Of Williams' achievements, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs commented: “I think it's a great success story.... He's had some tough experiences in life, and in football. He saw the downs, but he's the type of man who has overcome them.” Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke added, “this is a tribute not only to a Black quarterback, but to a very great quarterback.” Williams, a graduate of predominantly black Grambling University in Louisiana, remarked, “I didn't come here with the Washington Redskins as a Black quarterback. I came here as a quarterback with the Washington Redskins to play a football game."