The first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl is getting the biopic treatment. As first reported by Deadline, former NFL player Doug Williams will be the subject of a new sports movie from Will Packer Productions.
The film will follow Williams’ journey from first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978 to Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins in 1988. Along the way, Williams fought against racist stereotypes about black quarterbacks lacking the intelligence to play football at a professional level.
“As NFL Players today raise their voices around the fight for justice and equality, none stood taller than Doug Williams, who proved once and for all that the notion of an African American being ill equipped to play quarterback was nothing more than a fallacy,” said Packer in a statement to Variety. “Doug’s inspirational story will positively impact fans of all ages for years to come.”
Packer’s firm is best known for its work on Night School, starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart. Other notable films the firm has produced include What Men Want, Breaking In, The Wedding Ringer, Ride Along and The Photograph.
“There are no better individuals than Will Packer and James Lopez to really tell my story,” said Williams who is currently working in the front office for the Redskins. “Their unparalleled success in moviemaking ensures that my journey will be told with the upmost authenticity. I am very excited to be working with Will Packer Productions.”
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