“So what role did Doug Williams play?” Shannon Sharpe baffled by Russell Wilson claiming he opened the door for Black quarterbacks

Sharpe argued if Wilson is the first Black QB to win a Super Bowl then what about the ones before him, like Doug Williams, Warren Moon, Michael Vick.


“So what role did Doug Williams play?” Shannon Sharpe baffled by Russell Wilson claiming he opened the door for Black quarterbacks

(L) Shannon Sharpe, (M) Patrick Mahomes and (R) Russell Wilson (Image via IMAGO)

Russell Wilson‘s recent comments about opening doors for African American quarterbacks, especially Patrick Mahomes, irked Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. The three-time Super Bowl winner called out Wilson for getting ahead of himself.

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Russell Wilson says he opened doors for Black quarterbacks? Wow! Anyway, so much for what Bill Williams did okay, [anyways], Shack Harris, and Marlin Briscoe.
Shannon Sharpe said during Friday’s segment of the Nightcap podcast

Wilson played back-to-back Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks, winning one of them during the era of the ‘legion of boom.’ In a recent interview, the 35-year-old stated that his achievement set an example for Black quarterbacks to step up. 

For me to be able to go to back-to-back Super Bowls and win one, I think opened up a lot of doors. Now you see guys [like] Patrick Mahomes who won it.
Russell Wilson had said

He forgot that there were others before him who were creating history. Dough Williams was the first Black signal caller to win a Super Bowl in 1987 for the Washington Commanders. 

So what role does Doug Williams play? Yes, the first African American quarterback to actually get to and win the Super Bowl and win the MVP. What about Joe Gilliam? So what did Marlin [Briscoe] do? They opened no doors? I just don’t know what he was trying to accomplish by saying what he said.
Shannon Sharpe ranted

Co-host Chad Johnson also added his two cents.

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You have to give credit where credit is due for those that paved the way before you came.
Chad Johnson said

Russell Wilson has been devalued numerous times by Sharpe

Aside from Sharpe, his former FOX colleagues Chris Broussard and Rob Parker explored the legacy of Black quarterbacks in the NFL. On FOX Radio’s Odd Couple show, the two discussed Wilson’s comments.

"So what role did Doug Williams play?" Shannon Sharpe baffled by Russell Wilson claiming he opened the door for Black quarterbacks
Russell Wilson (Image via IMAGO)

Similar to Sharpe, Broussard also mentioned Williams as one of the pioneers of the game. He pointed out that the former commander had ‘a cannon’ for an arm. He threw in another famous name, Warren Moon, who played for the Houston Oilers. 

Although both Parker and Broussard agreed that Moon and Williams were great players and match-winners, Wilson, on the other hand, is a game manager.

Obviously, Russell Wilson was great, but he was a kind of game manager, which was some progress in the perception of Black quarterbacks.
Parker chimed in

In March, when Wilson left the Denver Broncos, Sharpe took a dig at him on ESPN’s First Take.

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Shannon Sharpe said

Wilson eventually signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His contract will keep him in the Steel City for one year. However, there’s no guarantee that he will be the starter. This will be determined after the OTA’s.

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