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Most Prominent Black QB’s in NFL History

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The quarterback position was primarily a white position due to a stereotype of African American Men not being smart enough or having leadership skills to play the position long after integration. Quarterbacks like Tennessee Volunteers’ Condredge Holloway, Notre Dame’s Tony Rice, Houston Cougars’ Andre Ware, and UNLV’s Randall Cunningham spark the change and help revolutionized the game today for black quarterbacks.

Fast-forward to today and the black quarterback has never been in a better position. Rising stars like Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, and Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes are raising the bar to succeed in the NFL for a black quarterback. In a new league where almost all quarterbacks having mobility in their skill set is a plus when needing to escape the pocket and make a play. This was frowned upon early as many scouts/coaches/analysts believed if a QB was fast they couldn’t throw. That was further from the truth as legends like Warren Moon, Doug Williams, and  Michael Vick proved doubters wrong.

The current NFL MVP race is heating up with 3 Black Excellent QBs as candidates we want to take you down memory lane of some of the most prominent black quarterbacks in NFL history.

James “Shack” Harris

Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 210

Career Season Stats:

Yards: 8136 | TD: 45 | INT: 59 | Passer Rating: 67.3

Record: 25-16-0 | Pro Bowls: 1 | Years Pro: 10

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 2-2 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

Kordell Stewart

Height: 6 ft. 1in Weight: 220

Career Season Stats

Yards: 14746 | TD:77 | INT:84 | Passer Rating: 70.7

Record: 48-34-0 | Pro Bowls: 1 | Years Pro: 11

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 5-4 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

Colin Kaepernick

Height: 6 ft. 4in Weight: 225

Career Season Stats

Yards: 12271 | TD:72 | INT:30 | Passer Rating: 88.9

Record: 28-30-0 | Pro Bowls: 0 | Years Pro: 6

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 4-2 | Super Bowl Record: 0-1

Doug Williams

Height: 6’4 Weight: 220

Career Season Stats:

Yards: 16998 | TD: 100 | INT: 93 | Passer Rating: 69.4

Record: 38-42-1 | Pro Bowls: 0 | Years Pro: 9

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 4-3 | Super Bowl Record: 1-0

Dante Culpepper

Height: 6 ft. 4in Weight: 260

Career Season Stats

Yards: 24153 | TD:149 | INT:106 | Passer Rating: 87.8

Record: 41-59-0 | Pro Bowls: 3 | Years Pro: 11

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 2-2 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

Michael Vick

Height: 6 ft. 0in Weight: 215

Career Season Stats

Yards: 22464 | TD:133 | INT:88 | Passer Rating: 80.4

Record: 76-66-1 | Pro Bowls: 4 | Years Pro: 13

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 2-5 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

Steve McNair

Height: 6 ft. 2in Weight: 235

Career Season Stats

Yards: 31304 | TD:174 | INT:119 | Passer Rating: 82.8

Record: 91-62-0 | Pro Bowls: 3 | Years Pro: 13

MVP Award: 1 | Post-Season Record 5-5 | Super Bowl Record: 0-1

Cam Newton

Height: 6’5 Weight: 245

Career Season Stats:

Yards: 33,847 | TD: 240 | INT: 108 | Passer Rating: 86.1

Record: 71-59-1 | Pro Bowls: 3 | Years Pro: 9

MVP Award: 1 | Post-Season Record 4-3 | Super Bowl Record: 0-1

Donovan McNabb

Height: 6 ft. 2in Weight: 240

Career Season Stats

Yards: 37276 | TD:234 | INT:117 | Passer Rating: 85.6

Record: 98-62-1 | Pro Bowls: 6 | Years Pro: 13

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 9-7 | Super Bowl Record: 0-1

Russell Wilson

Height: 5 ft. 11in Weight: 215

Career Season Stats

Yards: 28361 | TD:219 | INT:65 | Passer Rating: 101.7

Record: 83-38-1 | Pro Bowls: 5 | Years Pro: 8

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 8-5 | Super Bowl Record: 1-1

Randall Cunningham

Height: 6 ft. 4in Weight: 210

Career Season Stats

Yards: 29979 | TD:207 | INT:134 | Passer Rating: 81.5

Record: 82-52-1 | Pro Bowls: 4 | Years Pro: 16

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 5-7 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

Honorable Mentions

Jameis Winston

Aaron Brooks

Vince Young

David Garrard

Tyrod Taylor

Warren Moon

Height: 6 ft. 3in Weight: 220

Career Season Stats

Yards: 49325 | TD:291 | INT:233 | Passer Rating: 80.9

Record: 102-101-1 | Pro Bowls: 9 | Years Pro: 17

MVP Award: 0 | Post-Season Record 3-7 | Super Bowl Record: 0-0

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