Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Super Quarterback Produced by HBCUs

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Super Quarterback Produced by HBCUs

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ATLANTA - Although Steve McNair came up just short in his attempt to lead the Tennessee Titans to the National Football League Championship last month, the second African American to quarterback a team in the Super Bowl will go down in the records books nonetheless.

McNair guided a heart-stopping comeback by the Titans that almost forced the first overtime in Super Bowl history. His team came up I yard short when the St. Louis Rams kept Kevin Dyson out of the end zone on the final play. The Rams won, 23-16.

McNair's 64-yard rushing performance set a Super Bowl record for quarterbacks. He scrambled 23 yards to set up the Titans' first touchdown and on the final drive, he completed six passes for 48 yards and ran mice for 14 yards.

Interestingly, the only two Black quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl - McNair and Doug Williams, who led the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII - attended historically Black colleges and universities. …

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