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Russell Wilson Becomes Second Black QB to Start and Win Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks overwhelm Denver Broncos

by Perry Green
AFRO Sports Editor

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    Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (3) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Russell Wilson made history becoming just the second African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl as he led the Seattle Seahawks to a dominating 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Wilson—whose grandfather, Harry B. Wilson, Jr. is a former president of the historically Black university Norfolk State University—now joins Doug Williams formerly of the Washington NFL franchise as the only Black men to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback. The Richmond, Va. native is, at 25, also the third youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Wilson didn’t put up eye-popping stats in the Seahawks’ victory. But the second-year quarterback delivered a mistake-free performance and made just enough big plays to help his team claim its first world championship in franchise history.

Wilson finished 18-of-25 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.

But while Wilson was solid, Seattle’s defensive unit made its case to be known as the greatest defense ever. Everyone was anticipating a great matchup between the Seahawks’ No. 1 ranked defense against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the Broncos top-ranked offense. Manning set a National Football League (NFL) single-season record for touchdown passes this season with 55, but the Seahawks’ defense completely shut him down. Manning finished with just one touchdown with two interceptions and a fumble-sack.

Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl MVP; the third-year veteran intercepted a tipped pass by Manning and returned it 69-yards for pick-6 defensive touchdown.

Seattle’s victory is the most lopsided Super Bowl win since the Baltimore Ravens crushed the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and the largest margin of victory since the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.