He played one game for the Chicago Bears in 1953. Thrower relieved George Blanda and completed 3 of 8 passes for 27 yards and an interception. It was his one and only game according to NFL betting history.
NFL betting history shows that Thrower played in that game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field in Chicago. In college he led Michigan State to a national championship in 1952. Although Thrower became the first black NFL quarterback in history, it took another 15 years until another black quarterback took a snap. That happened in 1968 when Marlin Briscoe started at quarterback for the Denver Broncos. At that time the Broncos were part of the AFL.
NFL betting history tells us that Thrower was cut in 1954 for the Bears and never played in the NFL again, but he was the first black NFL quarterback. He retired after separating his shoulder at age 27. The first black NFL quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl was Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins according to NFL betting history. He credits his success and the paving of the way for black quarterbacks to Joe Gilliam.
NFL betting history shows that the first black player drafted by an NFL team was George Taliaferro out of Indiana. He did not play in the NFL though according to NFL betting history. The honor of first black player to play in the NFL went to Wally Triplett from Penn State. He played with Detroit in 1949.
NFL betting today has a few black quarterbacks in the NFL. The best at the present time is Jacksonville’s David Garrard according to NFL betting stats. Not many others have made a mark although Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb has sure gotten a lot of press and he has had the job in Philadelphia for many years. Vince Young is the starter in Tennessee but he also hasn’t done much in the way of throwing the football according to NFL betting numbers. NFL betting stats show that Jason Campbell of the Washington Redskins and Tarvaris Jackson of the Minnesota Vikings are two of the lowest rated quarterbacks in the league. JaMarcus Russell will get his chance in Oakland this season and Troy Smith may get playing time in Baltimore.
Some black quarterbacks that are not starters include Byron Leftwich and Quinn Gray. Former New Orleans starting quarterback Aaron Brooks is not even in the league, nor is former Vikings starter Daunte Culpepper.