Washington Redskins Hold Special Place in Black History Month

By Ricky Allen

A Super Bowl Champion is the result of drive, tears, and determination. He knows the results of game play week after week, etched legacies, and how one game brings out the heroes in the least of candidates, and leaving the other team wondering what could have been.  The Washington Redskins took it a step higher, inadvertently breaking the stereotypical lines of color in football positions, and winning a championship.

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In the end, the Redskins franchise proved that no matter what color you are, no matter where you came from, the only thing that matters is how you leave the field: A Super Bowl Champion, or a team that has to work next season to get another shot.

This month, we pause to  recognize the achievements and contributions African-Americans have made to this great country. We remember inventors like Benjamin Banneker and leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There have been many in the world of professional football, who, for the love of the game and with the dream of equality, are responsible for paving the way for everyone to play the game they love. Nowadays they’re unified by the color of their respective jerseys and National Football Players Association membership.

A Look Back: Super Bowl XXII: The Washington Redskins torch the Denver Broncos 42-10. Denver jumped out early in the game with Broncos QB John Elway going 56 yards to wide receiver Ricky Nattiel. After a 24-yard field goal from Rich Karlis, Denver’s scoring ended.

When the smoke finally cleared,  the performance of Redskins’ QB Doug Williams  would be one of the best in NFL Super Bowl History. (Read the Box Score here.) Doug Williams sealed his place in the books as the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and one who broke  Joe Montana’s record in passing (340 yards to Joe’s 331 in Super Bowl XIX/SOURCE: NFL.com)

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Doug Williams, years later.

According to his website http://www.dougwilliams17.com/,  he is “currently reviewing various football business opportunities”. The site also states he finished the 2009-2010 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Director of Professional Scouting.

You also saw him at  Super Bowl XLII. He carried the Vince Lombardi Trophy on to the field for presentation to the New York Giants, this year’s champions.

Doug Williams will always be the first, and his legacy will always be a proud moment in Redskins history.


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