Baltimore Ravens Are First NFL Team to Have All-Black Quarterback Room

Baltimore Ravens Are First NFL Team to Have All-Black Quarterback Room

You would think with all the contributions that Black athletes have made in the National Football League that it would take this long for such a feat to take place. It is believed that the Baltimore Ravens is the first and only team in league history to have a quarterback room that consists of only Black players AND coaches.

According to SB Nation’s Baltimore Beatdown, the Ravens carried two Black quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley last year and that number increased to three when they added Josh Johnson this season. No team in the history of the NFL has carried three Black quarterbacks until the Ravens did so.

But, that’s not all!

The quarterbacks coach, Tee Martin, and assistant quarterbacks coach, Kerry Dixon are both Black, making it a complete sweep of Black men in the quarterback room!

The Ravens, who have only been in existence for less than 30 years (started as a new franchise in 1996) are one of the 13 football teams (out of 32 teams) that has not hired a Black man as head coach. But, they’ve done an excellent job when it came to placing a Black man in a prominent role in the organization.

They were the first NFL franchise to name a Black executive to be the team’s general manager. That distinction belongs to Ozzie Newsome. He was promoted from vice president of player personnel to take over that role in 2002.

In an article written in The Baltimore Banner, Jason Reid, author of Rise of the Black Quarterback: What It Means for America said, “What the Ravens have right now is definitely groundbreaking, even in 2023. The significance of it is that we are now in the era of the Black quarterback in the NFL.”

Let’s hope this becomes the norm and not the exception going forward and that other NFL teams take notice!

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