The 2020 NFL season is hearing, and teams are getting ready for Week 2. NFL players were excited to get back on the field and were confident that the season would start on time despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson kicked the season off for Black quarterbacks
The 2020 NFL season kicked off with a rematch of the 2019 AFC Divisional game between the defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Two of the highest-paid players in the NFL battled against each other at the quarterback position. Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were the first two quarterbacks to go against each other during the season.
Mahomes and Watson are good friends off the field, but they were both trying to get their first win of the season on the field. The NFL is starting to see an increase in Black quarterbacks, and they are having a lot of success in the league. You have Mahomes, the highest-paid player in the league, and who is just coming off a Super Bowl, and other Black quarterbacks have had success during their career.
Mahomes got the best of Watson during the first game of the season as the Chiefs won 34-20. Watson finished the game throwing for 253 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three touchdown passes. Two of the league’s best quarterbacks go at it in the season’s debut, and that’s what you love to see.
Black quarterbacks making history in Week 1
After two Black quarterbacks started in the first game of the regular season, more Black quarterbacks started in other games during the first week. Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson put together an impressive performance in his first game as the Baltimore Ravens destroyed the Cleveland Browns 38-6. Jackson finished the game throwing for 275 yards with three touchdowns, and he also ran for 45 yards.
The 2020 season is the season of Black quarterbacks. ESPN tweeted out a photo with a list of all the Black quarterbacks that started during Week 1. A total of 10 quarterbacks started on their respective teams, and according to The Undefeated, it was the most starters in a season opener in the history of the NFL.
The future of Black quarterbacks in the NFL is bright
Here are the names of the Black quarterbacks that started in Week 1. Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Teddy Bridgewater, Deshaun Watson, Dwayne Haskins, and Tyrod Taylor. Seven of the quarterbacks won during Week 1.
When you see something like this, it gives you hope for the future fo Black quarterbacks in the NFL. When tweets went out about how many Black quarterbacks started during Week 1, those tweets received many likes and retweets from people all over the world. That number of quarterbacks starting in next year’s season opener maybe more, you never know.