Ex-NFL QB Doug Williams, 1st Black QB to Win Super Bowl, to Be Subject of Biopic

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2020

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1988, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams prepares to let go of a pass during first quarter of Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos in San Diego. Williams, who set a record with 340 yards passing in the NFL football game and became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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Former NFL quarterback Doug Williams will be the subject of a biopic after Will Packer Productions secured the exclusive rights to the trailblazer's life story, according to Andreas Wiseman of Deadline.

Williams is best known for leading the Washington Redskins to victory at Super Bowl XXII, becoming the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

The Grambling State product was named the Black College Player of the Year twice before being selected No. 17 overall in the 1978 draft. After an up-and-down five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he joined the USFL before returning to the NFL with the Washington Redskins in 1986.

Though he was a backup to start the 1987 season, he took over for Jay Schroeder and led the Redskins to three straight playoff victories. He was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing four touchdown passes in the 42-10 win over John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

Will Packer said:

"As NFL players today raise their voices around the fight for justice and equality, none stood taller than Doug Williams, who proved once and for all that the notion of an African American being ill equipped to play quarterback was nothing more than a fallacy. Doug's inspirational story will positively impact fans of all ages for years to come."

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