Doug Lee Williams: First African-American Quarterback to Win Super Bowl

Written by Jae Jones

By: Jae Jones

Doug Lee Williams is a well-known name among football players and sport fan. William is best known for his outstanding performance in Super Bowl XXII. He was the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, until Russell Wilson, won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Williams also was the first player in the Super Bowl history to pass four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half.

Williams was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1978. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who had never been to the playoffs before Williams played on the team. He was the only starting African-American quarterback in the NFL during this time. Even though he had by far one of the greatest scores, he was only paid $120,000 a year. It was by far the lowest salary for a starting quarterback in the league. Williams improved his completion percentage each year with the Bucs and was regarded as the heart and soul of the team.

Since Bucs could not reach an agreement on pay with Williams, Doug left to go upstate to the United States Football team. He had also during this time lost his wife to brain cancer. After leaving, the Bucs went 2-14, and they would not make the playoffs again for 14 years until after the 1997 season, and lost ten games in every season but one in that stretch.

Williams started off his college head coaching career at Morehouse College in 1997. Williams became the head football coach at Grambling State University in 1998, succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson. He led the Tigers to 3 consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 2000-2002, before leaving to go back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a personnel executive.

The greatest highlight by far for William is his part in winning the Super Bowl during his playing day in football. He endured many injuries, and eventually was outplayed by Mark Rypien, who won the starting job from Williams. However, no one can take the title of being the “First Black Starting Quarterback to win a Super Bowl away from Williams.

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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