Today is Super Bowl Sunday. And as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers prepare to do battle, our Game Changers series honors a man who put in one of the greatest Super Bowl performances of all-time. Today’s Game Changer is Doug Williams.
Doug Williams is a former NFL quarterback, who in January 1988, became both the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl (SB XXII), and subsequently the first, and only so far, black quarterback to win a Super Bowl (XXII). As the QB for the Washington Redskins, Doug Williams engineered a 42-10 rout against the legendary John Elway and the Denver Broncos. The Redskins scored an NFL record five touchdowns in the 2nd quarter alone. Williams was 18-for-29 with 340 yards and four touchdowns. He went on to become Super Bowl XXII MVP.
Williams has gone on to coach and team executive positions since that wonderful day in 1988. He is currently the head coach of his alma mater Grambling State University. And on this 25th anniversary of his game-changing performance I’m sure he’s watching to see if that second “FIRST” will stand as Colin Kaepernick looks to make number 2 as starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.