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One of Sunday’s scheduled NFL games matched the Seattle Seahawks against the Carolina Panthers, two teams with Black starting quarterbacks, Russell Wilson for Seattle and Cam Newton for the Panthers.

Both QBs are accomplished. Wilson has won and lost Super Bowls back-to-back in 2014 and 2015. Newton lost in 2016, his only Super Bowl appearance.

Black quarterbacks are no longer as uncommon, or as scarce as a Black Republican in Mississippi. Wilson, a four-time Pro Bowler, the Rookie of the Year, the leading touchdown passer in 2017 and the winner of Sunday’s Seattle-Carolina game, 30-27, was drafted by Seattle in 2012. He was the 75th pick in the third round.

Newton was drafted first overall by the Panthers in 2011, winning Rookie of the Year after winning the Heisman and a national college championship. A three-time Pro Bowler, Newton was named the NFL MVP in 2015, but another postseason is eluding him.

The Panthers, 6-5, are on a three-game losing streak and have had their 10-game home winning streak snapped and might not make the playoffs in January.

“Three weeks ago, if somebody had said this was going to happen I would have slapped them,” said Newton, who completed 25 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Wison turns 30 tomorrow, Friday. Newton is 29. They’re the elder statesmen of the current seven starting Black NFL quarterbacks. The others are Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DeShaun Watson of the Houston Texans, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and rookie Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens.

Prescott, 25, was drafted by the Cowboys in 2016, round 4, pick 135. He got the starting job as a rookie because of the preseason injury to team starter Tony Romo. Romo never returned. Prescott’s play earned him the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and a Pro Bowl selection, leading Dallas to the top seed in their Conference that year.

Winston, 24, is a national college champion and a Heisman Trophy winner, both in 2013. Tampa drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, despite some troubles and accusations during his college years. Winston started off this season suspended for three games because of sexual allegation, claims from a female Uber driver that have been recently settled.

Watson, 23, was the twelfth pick of the first round for the Houston Texans. Returning this season after being injured last year, Watson has made the Texans, 8-3, one of the top NFC teams headed to the postseason.

Mahomes, also 23, was drafted in the first round, the 10th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, now 9-2 atop of the AFC. Like the Texans, the Chiefs are playoff bound.

Until further notice, Jackson, also a Heisman winner (2016), helms the center for the Baltimore Ravens, holding the position for the injured Joe Flacco. Drafted earlier this year, he was the 32nd pick in round 1. The Ravens have won both games that Jackson has played, and he is expected to start again versus the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.