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Prime Time: The Undefeated Examines The Rise Of Black QBs In The NFL

The Year of the Black Quarterback is a season-long series debuting this week. Here's how the project came to be and a preview of what's in store.

The Undefeated this week launched the centerpiece of its coverage for the 100th season of the National Football League – a season-long examination of how African-American signal callers are affecting the game called “Year of the Black Quarterback.”

The project coincides with three African-American quarterbacks sharing top league accomplishments for the first time: the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is the reigning Most Valuable Player, and the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is the highest-paid player in the league.

The first installment in the series by senior NFL writer Jason Reid chronicles the history of African Americans and the quarterback position. Reid then followed up with a look at the black quarterbacks dominating in the league, while columnist Bill Rhoden opines on black quarterbacks filling the void on the field.

In the video above, The Undefeated’s Reid, Martenzie Johnson and Lonnae O’Neal discuss the project.

Video produced by Jeff DiNicola.

Deshaun Watson (4) will lead the Houston Texans into New Orleans for a Week 1 Monday Night Football game against the host Saints on Sept. 9 (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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