Twenty-seven years ago former Grambling State quarterback and head coach Doug Williams captured arguably one of the best moments in Super Bowl history with the Washington Redskins. The SWAC Hall of Famer earned Super Bowl XXII MVP honors in a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos becoming the first African American quarterback to win an NFL title. After trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, Williams and the Redskins scored 35 points in 18 plays while tossing four touchdown passes. He finished the evening completing 18-of-29 passes for 340 and four TD’s.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks to win his second consecutive Super Bowl on Sunday. Last season, Wilson became the second ever African American quarterback to win an NFL Championship.
Wilson’s ties however run deep and one can even find a connection with the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Dr Harrison B. Wilson Jr. is the grandfather of the three year NFL QB and is known as one of the most successful coaches in Jackson State University history. His 371-93 career record wins rank the highest for JSU basketball. In 17 seasons at the helm of the Tigers' program, he never had a losing season and recorded 13 20-plus win seasons. His teams also posted 29 wins in a season twice (1955-56 and 1963-64). His 1963-64 team won the SWAC Championship.
Former Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson serves as Wilson’s backup with the Seahawks. Just like the starting signal caller, Jackson looks to get another ring added to his collection as well. The nine year veteran and Montgomery, Ala. native also spent time as a starter with the Buffalo Bills, and Minnesota Vikings. In 2004, Jackson led the ASU Hornets to a SWAC Championship and was named MVP.