When Robert Griffin III was drafted by the Washington Redskins earlier this year, he had no idea that he would be walking into history. 2012 will mark the 25th anniversary of Redskins’ quarterback Doug Williams’ Super Bowl winning season.
What is Williams' significance in relation to Griffin III? Williams’ is the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
There have been many black quarterbacks who have played in the NFL since then but 25 years later he is still the only black quarterback to win a Super Bowl championship.
There have been others who have played in the Super Bowl though. The late Steve McNair led the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV back in 1999 but the Titans would lose to Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams.
Five years later, Donovan McNabb would lead the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX only to fall to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
There have even been two black coaches who have won Super Bowls recently but 25 years later we are still waiting to see another black quarterback take home the Lombardi trophy.
So it’s only fitting that the Washington Redskins are looking to have a black quarterback under center for the next ten years as they seek their next Super Bowl title. Griffin will be competing with guys like Michael Vick and Cam Newton to be the first black quarterback to break this drought.
But it doesn’t matter to Griffin or the Redskins who breaks the drought if they are successful in bringing another championship to Washington. As long as you win, who cares about the color of your skin?
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.