Moon and the stars

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This Super Bowl, nobody asked Donovan McNabb how long he's been a black quarterback.

That's what somebody asked Doug Williams before he won Super Bowl XXII.

Quote-unquote: "How long have you been a black quarterback?"

Next year, Warren Moon may become the first black QB to be selected to the Football Hall of Fame.

"Toward the end of my career, somebody asked me: 'How long has it been since you've been a black quarterback?' I knew what he meant."

Yesterday Moon introduced Williams, Marlin Briscoe, James Harris and others at a press conference to celebrate the legacy of the black quarterback and promote the African American Quarterback Club to promote leadership, responsibility and excellence for the future.

And, the way it worked out, to gab about McNabb, who Sunday has the chance to become only the second black quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl.

On Super Bowl Saturday next year, Moon may become the first black quarterback selected to the Football Hall of Fame.

"African-American quarterbacks have had so much success in the NFL lately, some people wonder if this subject should be brought up anymore," said Moon.

WILL CFL YEARS COUNT?

Moon never made it to a Super Bowl. He won five Grey Cups with the Eskimos, however. And he's here this year wondering if his years spent in the CFL will count for anything when they consider him for the Football Hall of Fame.

"I went to Canada because I was not going to change positions to be able to play in the NFL. To be able to play quarterback, I went to another country," said Moon.

"I don't think my Canadian years will be considered when they consider me for the Hall of Fame. I don't know. There's never been anybody in my position before.

"My circumstances are unique. My opportunity comes next year. There is no black quarterback in the NFL. To have that happen would be another step, another significant event."

Moon, despite playing his first six years pro in Edmonton, ended up with Hall of Fame numbers in the NFL. His 49,325 yards passing is third only to Dan Marino and John Elway in all of NFL history.

PRIDE IN THE LEGACY

Moon, who said he received death threats on more than one occasion while playing in the NFL, said he definitely takes pride in the legacy of the black quarterback and being one who paved the way.

Williams said he believes McNabb will come out Sunday and think of guys like himself and Moon like he thought of Briscoe and Harris, who broke the barrier in the NFL before him.

"It's been a lot easier for Donovan than it was for me," said Williams.

"I was there, then Warren was there and then Randall Cunningham was there ...

"Hopefully somewhere out there in America some black kid will watch the Super Bowl and want to be like Donovan McNabb. Hopefully some young white kid will want to be Donovan McNabb, too."

McNabb has been talking all week about Williams winning the Super Bowl and his chance of being the second black quarterback to turn the trick.

"Even before us you have guys like Warren Moon, guys like that who have set the trend and give us opportunities to step out on the field and showcase our talents. It definitely had an impact on me.

"For me to be in the Super Bowl gives kids an opportunity to dream."

Even moms of black quarterbacks can dream now, too. Wilma McNabb stars in Chunky Soup commercials.

"My mom is reaching out to other moms to give them some dreams and aspirations that if their son makes it, they can start doing commercials and stuff."


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