Super Bowl – Sports finals each have an unique background since they include more than just a contest between two teams.
Despite the ups and downs the NFL has experienced this season, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs game is sure to be thrilling.
Two Black quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes, will face off for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LVII.
For a game of this level, the majority of players concentrate on tactics, game strategy, and training.
However, Mahomes and Hurts are conscious of how serious the situation is because they want to spark a dramatic change in the next generation of NFL players.
“It’s special,” said Patrick Mahomes, who makes his third Super Bowl appearance in Arizona this Sunday.
“There’s so many great ones that haven’t been recognized because of the stereotype of the Black quarterback not being able to have sustained success.”
“I’m glad that I’m able to be on this world stage with another quarterback in Jalen that’s able to play at a high level and prove that we’ve been able to do this the whole time.”
The 24-year-old Jalen Hurts will play in his first Super Bowl.
“It’s a historic moment,” said Hurts.
“To be on this platform and to give so many others so much inspiration moving forward, telling them that they can do it too. It’s a proud moment.”
NFL history made
Doug Williams entered the game in 1988 and went on to become the first Black quarterback to play in and win the Super Bowl.
Six further Black quarterbacks have entered the game since that time.
Only Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes have won the Lombardi Trophy, however.
With Mahomes on the other side of the field, Jalen Hurts will become the seventh Black quarterback to compete on such a prestigious platform.
The competition serves as an inspiration for younger generations.
“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 Jalen set the stage for this,” said Majomes.
“I’m glad that we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now.”
“If we can continue to show that we can consistently be great, I think it’ll just continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and to be a quarterback of an NFL team.”
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The quarterback myth
The lack of diversity among owners and head coaches is one of the reasons why Black quarterbacks struggle in the NFL.
A lack of trust has led to the idea that a Black quarterback could struggle in the position because of a lack of leadership skills.
Doug Williams spoke about it in an interview with National Public Radio, saying:
“You know, as a Black quarterback, it was never about my ability to play the position. That wasn’t the question.”
“The question has always been leadership. Could you lead the team?”
It would appear that discrimination has been eradicated since four of the top five highest-paying contracts in football were awarded to black quarterbacks.
Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes are two examples.
Mahomes never had any doubts about his ability to lead the club to a run of victories.
He played through an ankle injury and assisted the Chiefs in winning their third Super Bowl in four years.
Contrarily, Hurt won his contract by physical dominance and persuaded skeptics with his accurate throwing and 22 passing touchdowns.
Mahomes and Hurts are not only making history, but they are also redefining what an NFL quarterback ought to be.
They both have high sports IQs, strong sprinting and throwing abilities, and will succeed because of these attributes.
“These guys are the new prototypical quarterback in the NFL,” said Robert Griffin III, summing up the two Super Bowl quarterbacks.
“A triple threat. As they beat you with their arms, they beat you with their legs and they beat you with their minds.”
“And the fact that they’re the first two Black quarterbacks to be going up against each other in the Super Bowl makes this even more sweeter for all the generations that are coming up after them.”
Despite the fact that Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes are both outstanding football players, their playing styles are different.
Jalen Hurts is well known for his dexterity, drive to score touchdowns, and ability to deliver precise passes.
Hurts has distinguished himself for his great work ethic and exhibited remarkable growth in his early seasons.
Many believe Patrick Mahomes to be the NFL’s most exciting quarterback right now.
He is considered a magician and has a wide variety of throws.
By making it to the AFC Championship game in his first season as the starting quarterback, Mahomes has also shown that he can win.
At the age of 27, he has already taken part in three Super Bowls, displaying his NFL talent and opening doors for future Black quarterbacks.
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