What to Know About the Super Bowl


Isabella Lee, Staff writer

It’s February, which means one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year is just around the corner: the Super Bowl! Su-per Bowl LVII (57) will be on Feb. 12 this year, and there’s a lot of exciting things to look forward to. One interesting tidbit that has lots of fans excited about the up-coming game is that this will be the first ever Super Bowl that will have brothers facing off against one another as players. Ten years ago, in Super Bowl XLVII, what was dubbed the “HarBowl” was played, as the head coach for the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, and the head coach for the San Francis-co 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, were brothers. However, this year’s matchup will have tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs against his older brother, center Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles. Fans have even been advocating for their mother, Donna Kelce, to perform the ceremonial coin toss at the beginning of the game. However, one of the most ex-citing aspects of the game is that this will be the first Super Bowl ever that will have two Black quarterbacks facing off against one another, with the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts versus the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. One person who is especially excited for this matchup is Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to both win the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP, doing so when the then-Washington Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos in Su-per Bowl XXII in 1988. “That’s what I’m talking about! Yes! Yes! We’ve got two Black quarterbacks in the Super Bowl!” Williams shouted into the phone. “Man, after Jalen won earlier, I was pulling for Patrick. I was sitting here on pins and needles to see if it would happen. I’ve got such a smile on my face right now, but I’ve got water in my eyes, too. I’m talking, but I don’t think I can even explain what this means. We have come such a long way. It has been so hard, so many barriers, but we did it. Two Black quarterbacks in the Super Bowl!” This is a journey that is over 100 years in the making, since the NFL used to believe that Black men did not have the intelligence or leadership skills to succeed in professional sports’ most important position, that of the quarterback. Marlin Briscoe became the first Black quarterback for the NFL in 1968, with Williams not achieving his successes in the Super Bowl until twenty years later. Since Williams, there have only ever been two other Black quarterbacks that have won the Super Bowl, with Russell Wilson winning for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and Mahomes winning for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Super Bowl LVII will be taking place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This is the Eagles’ fourth appearance in a Super Bowl, with one previous win, and the Chiefs’ fifth appearance with two previous wins. Feb. 12 can not come any faster!