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10 firsts for Black history in the Super Bowl
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes share the stage during the Super Bowl opening night at Footprint Center in Phoenix on Feb. 6, 2023. (Credit: © Joe Rondone/The Republic/USA TODAY NETWORK)

10 firsts for Black history in the Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (BVM) – In honor of Black History Month, here are some of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history made by Black athletes in sports.

This year marks the 57th annual NFL championship and there have been countless trailblazers since the start who have helped break down barriers for underrepresented communities. 

As of 2023, 57.5% of NFL players are people of color and the vast majority are African-American. 

The first Super Bowl was played back in 1967. Countless Black athletes, coaches and officials have carved a path for others to follow into what remains as the biggest American sporting event of the year. 

Take a moment to appreciate those who didn’t just change the game, but made it better, with a look at 10 historic moments in Super Bowl history that meant a tremendous amount for the Black and African American communities.