It was 25 years ago when Williams broke through to become the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with the Redskins. The NFL should recognize the moment, but it isn’t. just when this week’s Super Bowl celebration reaches its bourbon-fueled, Cajun-spiced peak, the football player with the most to celebrate will be leaving. On the 25th anniversary of the game in which he became the first and only black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Doug Williams will drive back to the northern Louisiana community where he is the football coach at Grambling State University. “Getting up early Sunday morning, getting in the car with my wife, and just going,” Williams said. During his brief visit to New Orleans this week, the genial pioneer did some charity work, a few radio shows, and met with old football friends who hugged him and thanked him. They always thank him. His guiding of the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII punctured a hole in the longtime invisible barrier that prevented blacks from playing positions of intelligence and leadership. Football’s white coaching and management establishment viewed the Williams-led Redskins’ comeback victory as undeniable proof that championship qualities cannot be quantified by skin color.

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