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“So, how long have you been a black quarterback?”

It is often cited as the silliest question in Media Day history. It was supposedly asked by a sports reporter from Mississippi to Doug Williams at Super Bowl XXII in 1988. The Washington Redskins’ Williams was the focal point of the pre-game hype because he was the first black starting quarterback in Super Bowl history.

One small problem. Butch John of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger never asked the question.

Tired of all the race questions aimed at Williams, John said, “Doug, it’s obvious you’ve always been a black quarterback all your life. When did it start to matter?” John thought the question would end the interrogation. He was joking.

But as has happened occasionally throughout history, the story was corrupted but repeated so often, some people actually believe it.

Dallas Morning News