In an homage to Super Bowl 50, ESPN ranked the Top 50 players to ever line up in the Super Bowl. And Doug Williams didn't even make the Top 30.
Super Bowl XXII saw the Redskins steamroll past the Denver Broncos, much of it on the arm of Williams. In arguably the greatest quarter ever in a Super Bowl, Williams completed four touchdown passes en route to becoming the first African American QB to win a Super Bowl.
Despite the historic precedent of Williams' victory and the impressive performance, the 'Skins QB landed 31st out of the 50 top Super Bowl players. From ESPN's ranking:
One great quarter launched Williams into history, becoming the first African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl -- a moment that still resonates. Williams earned MVP honors after completing 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the second quarter as the Redskins scored an NFL-record 35 points to beat Denver 42-10. Not bad for a quarterback who, the day before the game, endured a six-hour root canal surgery -- and who injured his knee early in the game.
Undoubtedly, the list of best players ever to play in the Super Bowl has elite talent. The best of the best, to borrow a phrase. But considering what Williams' role and victory meant beyond the football field, not to mention the numbers he posted in the game in an era when gaudy passing stats weren't the norm, perhaps he belonged a little higher.
This also has to leave Redskins fans wondering what other players might make the list. Washington has played in five Super Bowls, and won three under head coach Joe Gibbs. John Riggins should be an obvious choice as he ran for one of the Super Bowl's most iconic plays, but what other Redskins players will make the list, if any? Mark Rypien? One of the Hogs?
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