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For the first time, the Super Bowl will feature two black starting quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes.

In a year not far removed from a Hall of Fame executive saying a black QB must switch to receiver upon entering the league, it’s important that Hurts and Mahomes each send their teams for the Eagles and Chiefs.

Mahomes was asked about his meeting with Hurts on Thursday.

“To be on the world stage and have two black quarterbacks starting in the Super Bowl, I think it’s special,” Mahomes said in his press conference. “I’ve learned more and more about the history of the black quarterback since I’ve been in this league, and the guys that came before me and Jaylen laid the foundation for that. And now, I’m just happy that we can create a platform for the kids that are coming up now.

“It’s going to be a great game [between] against two great teams and another great quarterback. So I’m excited to go out there and try to do whatever we can to win against a great team.”

Mahomes noted that he sees this game as an opportunity to further advance black quarterbacks in the future.

“I think you’ve seen over time that when a guy like Doug Williams or Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb goes out and plays great football, it gives other guys like me and Jaylen an opportunity to have this platform and have this spot. NFL team,” Mahomes said. “And so if we can continue to show that we can be consistently great, I think it’s just going to continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and be a quarterback on an NFL team. And it’s good to have guys like Jalen on the other side because he’s a great person and obviously a great quarterback.”

Only three black quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl: Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Doug Williams. Hurts will be the fourth if the Eagles win. Mahomes will be the first to win two Super Bowls if the Chiefs win.


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