Year of the Black QB

Year of the Black Quarterback Special

The program highlights The Undefeated’s season-long series on black NFL quarterbacks


The Year of the Black Quarterback examines the NFL’s history of black quarterbacks – the pioneers, the on- and off-field leaders, activism and more.

It explores the changing face of the NFL quarterback position 50 years after Marlin Briscoe was drafted into the NFL as the league’s first black quarterback. While African American quarterbacks were denied opportunity for decades, Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray and electrifying players such as Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson are now among the many prominent black starting quarterbacks in the league.

The special focuses on six key themes and each is followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Houston Texans quarterback Watson, quarterback specialist Quincy Avery, former Giants wide receiver and ESPN analyst Victor Cruz, NFL agent Kristen Campbell, ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, Reid and The Undefeated senior writer William Rhoden.