NFL Drafts 1 HBCU Player — There Should’ve Been More?

Jpharoahdoss
3 min readMay 11, 2023
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Doug Williams was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978, making him the first black quarterback picked in the first round of the NFL draft. Williams was selected from a historically black college.

During that era, bigotry made black quarterbacks uncommon. However, drafting black players from HBCUs was commonplace. American society was slowly integrating, but racial…

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J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.