The Times podcast: A Super Bowl with two Black quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the AFC championship game.
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For decades, NFL teams actively discouraged Black players from playing quarterback, the sport’s marquee position.


Today, we go through this shameful history — and celebrate this year’s historic Super Bowl, which features two Black starting quarterbacks for the first time. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times opinion columnist LZ Granderson

More reading:

Column: The NFL should stop running from its racial history

No one should forget about Doug Williams

The Big Book Of Black Quarterbacks

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