01/31/2015 11:53 am ET Updated Feb 04, 2015

Former NFL Player Doug Williams Became The First Black Quarterback In Super Bowl History To Earn The MVP Title

This weekend will be a significant one to sports fans everywhere as the NFL's annual Super Bowl will air Sunday -- but it also marks another historic moment worth honoring.

On this day in 1988, former American football player Doug Williams was named the first African-American player to earn the MVP title. Williams also broke barriers by becoming the first black football quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game.

Williams, now 59, played for the Washington Redskins and helped the team defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII at the Jack Murphy stadium in San Diego, California. The final score was Washington 42, Denver 10.

The former quarterback eventually retired from the sport after the 1989 season and went on to take on head coaching roles at numerous schools including Morehouse College and Grambling State. He later accepted a position in the front office with the Washington Redskins last February.

Take a look back at some of Williams' impressive career highlights in the pictures below as we honor his contributions to sports -- and black -- history:

Doug Williams NFL Career