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Super Bowl sees two Black QB make history

Super BowlSports 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.

The prototypes

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.”

Play styles

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.

Dan Snyder set to be outed after demands anger other owners

Dan SnyderIt’s not uncommon for a team to be sold for a large sum of money in sports, but no owner has had as much of an influence as Dan Snyder.

The issue has been tumultuous during his time as owner of the Washington Commanders (previously Washington Redskins).

The problems, along with Snyder’s current demands for the team’s sale, have fueled speculation that Snyder should be voted out as owner once again.

The news

According to the Washington Post, Dan Snyder and his counsel are seeking guarantees from the NFL and fellow team owners that he would face no legal consequences if he sells the business.

Snyder’s demands appear to have enraged other owners, who have resumed discussions about voting to remove him as owner of the Washington Commanders.

They allegedly referred to his conduct as “absurd,” given that the franchise is still under investigation.

A string of controversies

The US House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a 79-page report in December saying that the league and the Commanders concealed decades of sexual misbehavior.

Snyder was accused of creating a “toxic” work environment and a “culture of terror.”.

The committee also found the organization liable for the following:

  • Bullying
  • Sexual harassment
  • Other toxic conduct

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reflects the damning findings of the Committee’s yearlong investigation and shows how one of the most powerful organizations in America, the NFL, mishandled pervasive sexual harassment and misconduct at the Washington Commanders.”


Meanwhile, the Washington Commanders’ legal counsel, John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, issued the following statement:

“Those Congressional investigators demonstrate, almost immediately, that they were not interested in the truth, and were only interested in chasing headlines by pursuing one side of the story.”

“Today’s report is the predictable culmination of that one-sided approach.”

“There are no new revelations here,” the statement continued.

“The Committee persists in criticizing Mr. Snyder for declining to voluntarily appear at the Committee’s hearing last spring, notwithstanding Mr. Snyder’s agreement to sit, at a date chosen by the Committee, for an unprecedented 11 hours of questioning under oath.”

“The only two members of Congress who witnessed any part of that deposition, one Democrat and one Republican, both made public statements in the wake of the deposition characterizing Mr. Snyder’s answers as truthful, cooperative, and candid.”

“As is typical of the Committee, they have refused, despite our repeated requests to release the full transcript of Mr. Snyder’s deposition.”

“The Committee suggests that Mr. Snyder prevented witnesses from coming forward yet does not identify a single witness who did not come forward or who suffered a single adverse consequence for having done so.”

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Snyder bites back

ESPN reports that Dan Snyder hired detectives to investigate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other club owners.

The operation was apparently meant to gather data that may be used in the future.

Moreover, Snyder allegedly remarked, “They can’t **** with me,” during a private chat.

Dan Snyder slammed ESPN in a long email to NFL owners following the report.

“It is particularly shameful for ESPN to diminish the very real accomplishments of our President Jason Wright, who ESPN alleges was placed at the Commanders by the League and has no power to make real change,” Snyder wrote.

“I know you know this to be false. Unfortunately, ESPN ignored our efforts to correct the many falsehoods in their article before its publication.”

“There is one allegation in the ESPN article that I feel it is important to address immediately,” he continued.

“The article cited unnamed sources who said ‘They’ve been told that Snyder instructed his law firms to hire private investigators to look into other owners and Commissioner Goodell.'”

“That is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners that I take seriously.”

“I have never hired any private investigator to look into any owner or the Commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my lawyers to hire any private investigator on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never would.”

Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is now attempting to mediate between Dan Snyder and other NFL club owners.

He is attempting to negotiate a deal that will allow Dan Snyder to sell the Washington Commanders while leaving the NFL with no bad blood.


Dan Snyder is already getting private offer bids for the Washington Commanders.

According to the New York Post, one plan is for $5.5 billion.

Dan Snyder, on the other hand, wants at least $6 billion.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, on the other hand, was apparently interested in obtaining the Commanders but was not permitted to participate in the auction.

Snyder is said to be angry with Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and has published pieces in addition to the sexual harassment allegations.