Frederick "Fritz" Pollard is generally credited as the first black quarterback in professional football. He is also the first black football player to play in the Rose Bowl (1918). In 1923, playing for Hammond in the American Professional Football Association (The APFA was the forefather of the NFL) he called plays and took direct snaps from the center, although forward passes were rare in those early days of professional football. In 1953, Willie Thrower became the first black quarterback in the NFL's modern era. He was a backup QB for the Chicago Bears. Also in 1953, George Taliaferro became the first black quarterback to start a game in the NFL when he did this twice for the Baltimore Colts. The Colts were running a wing T and the ball would be snapped to Taliaferro and he would decide to run, pitch, or pass. The first black quarterback to start a playoff game and also appear in a Pro Bowl was the Rams' James Harris during the mid 1970s. The first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl was the Washington Redskins' Doug Williams.
willie thrower was the first back quarterback in football and he was a chicago bears
The first black quarterback who played for the Crimson Tide was Walter Lewis. He played for Alabama during the 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983 football seasons.
Bart Starr who was the quarterback of the first two superbowls.
Parnell Dickinson was not only the Buccaneers first quarterback, but their first black quarterback as well. He played during their inaugural 1976 year.
did the cowboys first game have a black quarterback in 1960
The first black starting quarterback in the SEC was Condredge Holloway of the University of Tennessee in 1972.
Walter Lewis was the first black starting quarterback in Alabama history. He was also the last quarterback to play for the legendary Coach Bear Bryant.
Charles Follis is believed to be the first black professional football player, having played for the Shelby Blues from 1902 to 1906. Follis, a two sport athlete, was paid for his work beginning in 1904.
Tim Caffey was the first Black quarterback at Huffman High in Birmingham
the first African American quarterback drafted was Fritz Pollard
Doug Williams is the first black quarterback to play in and win a Superbowl with the Washington Redskins.
The second black quarterback to play was Marlin Briscoe. Willie Thrower was the first.
Unfortunately Stephen Michael "Steve" Tensi is not African American. Fritz Pollard, according to most historical records became the first African-American player to throw a pass in professional football. In 1920, while playing for the Akron Pros, Pollard threw and completed four passes. The position of quarterback was an extension of running back in those days, and it could be argued that Pollard played half back or wing back at the time. George Taliafero and Willie Thrower both started at quarterback in the 1953 season, Taliafero for the Baltimore Colts and Thrower for the Chicago Bears. Both men are credited by some accounts as the first Black quarterbacks to start a professional football game. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/573298-color-blind-signal-call-10-black-quarterbacks-who-influenced-the-modern-nfl-era
The first black quarterback to be a starter was Marlin Briscoe of the Denver Broncos in 1968. After a fantastic rookie season, he was not asked back to play quarterback. You can see the entire story on the bio page below
Yes, there have been several. The first black quarterback at Alabama was Michael Landrum in 1979.
The first professional league of American football was formed in 1920.
A few of the positions pass the ball but the biggest would be the quarterback. The quarterback passes the ball to a linemen, and is the first throw of the game!
BUTCH PLAYED QUARTERBACK AT BOSTON COLLEGE.HE WAS THE FIRST QUARTERBACK OF THE BOSTON PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
William Pudge had the first professional football contract in 1892. The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920.