Pride Under Center: The 10 Greatest African-American QBs of All Time

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Pride Under Center: The 10 Greatest African-American QBs of All Time

For decades, the National Football League has shamefully regarded African-Americans as inferior quarterback prospects, using the same unfounded and downright stupid belief that skin color precluded them from managing the most important position on the field.

For every Willie Thrower—the first African-American QB of the modern era—there were the likes of Marlin Briscoe, Joe Gilliam and Freddie Solomon, athletically gifted passers who either were moved to a different position or were unable to compete on a level playing field.

Those rumors were forever put to rest on January 31, 1988 when Washington's Doug Williams dismantled Denver in Super Bowl XXII to become the first African-American quarterback to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. Williams's success blew the door open for the likes of Randall Cunningham, Rodney Peete and Warren Moon, who himself paved the way for Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Michael Vick, and Daunte Culpepper.

Today, the phrase "African-American quarterback" is a thing of the past. Thanks to the efforts of the following signal-callers, what was once a myth has been proven emphatically wrong.

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