Best Black NFL Quarterback?

Best Black NFL Quarterback?

  • Doug Williams

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • Warren Moon

    Votes: 12 63.2%
  • Randall Cunningham

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • Kordell Sewart

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rodney Peete

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Steve McNair

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Daunte Culpepper

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Aaron Brooks

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Donovan McNabb

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Michael Vick

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Colin Kaepernick

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Rising Star
BGOL Investor
Which is the best (or your favorite) black NFL quarterback?
Note: I'm not including active players

Douglas Lee Williams (born August 9, 1955) is an American football executive and former quarterback and coach. Williams is best known for his performance with the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos, being named Super Bowl MVP for his efforts. He passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, a single-quarter record which he set in the second quarter, to win the game, making him the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956) is a former American and Canadian football quarterback who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Moon also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

Randall Wade Cunningham Sr. (born March 27, 1963) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL for 16 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Cunningham is also known for his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings.

Kordell Stewart (born October 16, 1972), nicknamed "Slash", is a former American football player who played eleven years in the National Football League (NFL). Stewart attended the University of Colorado and was the 60th player selected in the 1995 NFL draft. Playing for Colorado in 1994 he completed a Hail Mary pass to beat the University of Michigan 27–26, a play which became known as "The Miracle at Michigan." Among NFL quarterbacks, his 38 rushing touchdowns ranks him fourth all-time, behind Cam Newton (with 58), Steve Young (with 43)[1] and Jack Kemp (with 40). The NFL Network named him #6 on its list of the 10 most versatile players in NFL history. He played mostly at quarterback, but also played wide receiver for a year.

Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 years. He played college football for the USC Trojans football team. He retired from playing in 2004 and is now in broadcasting.

Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009),[2] nicknamed "Air McNair",[3][4] was an American professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the Houston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans and also played for the Baltimore Ravens.

Daunte Rachard Culpepper (born January 28, 1977) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at the University of Central Florida and was drafted 11th overall by the Vikings in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Aaron Lafette Brooks (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Virginia and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

Donovan Jamal McNabb (born November 25, 1976) is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University. The Eagles selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, and McNabb went on to play 11 seasons with the team, followed by a year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. During his six years with the Falcons, Vick was regarded as having transformed the quarterback position with his rushing abilities and was named to three Pro Bowls. He was the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and holds the record for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback (6,109).

Colin Rand Kaepernick (/ˈkæpərnɪk/ KAP-ər-nik;[1] born November 3, 1987) is an American civil rights activist and football quarterback who is a free agent. He played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). Kaepernick was selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Kaepernick began his professional football career as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith, and became the 49ers' starter in the middle of the 2012 season after Smith suffered a concussion. He then remained the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season, leading the team to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. During the 2013 season, his first full season as a starter, Kaepernick helped the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game.


Rising Star
BGOL Investor
While they wouldn't be in the conversation of any best of all-time discussions, I wanted to pay tribute to some of the trailblazers who are always forgotten -- Marlin Briscoe, James "Shack" Harris, and "Jefferson Street" Joe Gilliam.

Marlin Briscoe was the first Black player to be drafted as a quarterback. While he started his career as a quarterback with Denver, he played the bulk of his career as a receiver with the Bills and Dolphins.

James Harris was the NFL's first Black full-time quarterback, and was the first Black quarterback to win a playoff game and be elected to a Pro Bowl. While he played for several teams, his most successful years were with the Los Angeles Rams. He was about eight years ahead of Doug Williams at Grambling, and he had the same explosive arm that Doug had, but he was not as mobile. Shack was also one of the NFL's first Black senior executives, holding senior player personnel directorships with the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Detroit Lions.

Side Note: In the early 70s, Sam Spence, the musical composer of NFL Films, wrote the tune "Ramblin' Man from Gramblin'" in his honor:

This may have been the most talented guy on this entire list, or any other list. Cocaine cost the career, and eventually the life of Joe Gilliam, Had he been able to play an entire career without an addiction, he surely would have been a candidate for a bust in Canton.

Also, let's not forget Vince Evans. After leaving USC, Vince started for the Bears, but his best years came with the Oakland Raiders. While he never reached Pro Bowl status, he was as good or better than about half the guys on this list.


Rising Star
BGOL Investor
Warren Moon was the best then there are some potential ties for 2nd

ETA I do think that Mahomes will surpass Warren Moon


BGOL Investor
From a physical standpoint and just pure QBing. Randall Cunningham was that dude.
He could do just about anything on a football field. Could have even been the punter.

PS: Vince Evans was no slouch. Plus one of my favs, Jeff Blake.