February is Black History Month. Black History is “Our” History. I say “Our” because as Americans, we must learn the contributions of others. Blacks have played a major role in the building of our nation, contributions to society, technology advances, bringing together the racial divide, and so much more. During this month, I will shine light on some notable and not so notable Black Americans.
Since the Superbowl is next Sunday, the first History Maker that I chose is Douglas “Doug” Lee Williams. Doug Williams was the first starting black quarterback to win the Superbowl XXII with the Washington Redskins in 1988 and was also named the Superbowl MVP.
He was drafted in the first round in 1978 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to the first NFC Championship Game. He was the lowest paid starting quarterback in the NFL. and the lowest behind 12 backups. After a couple of years in Tampa Bay, he left and went to the USFL. Once the USFL fizzled out, he was recruited by Joe Gibbs, who was the head coach of the Washington Redskins. He landed the starting job from Jay Schroeder and eventually led the Redskins to the Superbowl where they beat the Denver Broncos.
After his football career, he became the head coach of his Alma Mater, Grambling State University. He is still involved in football as an executive with the Washington Redskins.
BLACK HISTORY is AMERICA’S HISTORY!
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