The first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl was Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts who won Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
The first African American to start a Super Bowl was Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.
The first African American to win Super Bowl MVP honors was Franco Harris in Super Bowl IX.
Doug Williams with the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.
Doug Williams was the first to start and win.
Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.
The only African-American head coaches to lose in Super Bowl competition were Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XLI), Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts (Super Bowl XLIV) and Mike Tomlin (Super Bowl XLV). Smith's Bears lost to the Colts team coached by Tony Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. Tomlin's first Super Bowl appearance as a head coach was a victorious one. His Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.
There is no answer to this question as African Americans made up a large part of the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs rosters, the first teams to play in a Super Bowl.
Running back Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl IX.
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Doug Williams for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.
Tony Dungy as head coach of the Colts in 2007.
Tony Dungy (Indianapolis) and Lovie Smith (Chicago)
Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin
As head coach, two. Tony Dungy with the Indianapolis Colts and Mike Tomlin with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lovie Smith's Bears lost to Dungy's Colts in Super Bowl XLI, the first time 2 African-American head coaches faced off in the Super Bowl, and Jim Caldwell's Colts lost to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
Some say Doug Williams for the Redskins, but it wasn't him. Lawrence McCutcheon of the L.A. Rams threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two years before McCutcheon, Cowboy running back Robert Newhouse became the first African-American to attempt a pass in a Super Bowl when he threw a 29-yard TD pass to Golden Richards against Denver with just under 8 minutes remaining in Super Bowl XII (the first Super Bowl played in a dome).
To date, the only black QB to win a Super Bowl is Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins (MVP of Super Bowl XXII). However, Williams was not the only black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl. Donovan McNabb quarterbacked the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX but lost to the Patriots.
It was Mike Carey, who was the referee for Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, 2008
Tony Dungy Super Bowl XLI with the Colts and Mike Tomlin Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers
Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears. The first Super Bowl to have a team head coached by an African-American was Super Bowl XLI between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts. Ironically, both head coaches were African-American (Tony Dungy was the head coach of the Colts) but Smith was first as the Bears defeated the Saints in the NFC Championship game played several hours before the Colts defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.