BY TYLER BYRUM
Moments prior to Super Bowl 51, the NFL paid homage to some of the game's greatest players to come out of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Making this list, is notable Washington football legend, Doug Williams who played at Grambling State University.
Known for his incredible performance in Super Bowl XXII, where Williams carried Washington to a dominant 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos, Williams became one of the top athletes to play in the nation's capital. The 6'4" quarterback won the Super Bowl MVP honor with four passing touchdowns and 340 yards through the air.
However Williams is known for the four 'firsts' he broke through in the game:
-First African American quarterback to start in an NFL league championship game
-First African American quarterback to win the Super Bowl
-First player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter
-First player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a half
At Grambling State, which is why Williams was honored by the league, he led the team to a 36-7 record in his four years with the team. There he won three Southwestern Conference Championships and finished fourth in the 1977 Heisman Trophy voting. He also returned to Grambling State as the head coach of his alma mater as recently as 2013.
The only question left on Doug Williams career, is why is he not in the Hall of Fame yet?