When the New York Giants defeated the Washington Commanders over the weekend, it was not only a significant win but also a historic day for Quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Giants have been in existence for almost a century but Sunday was the first time a Black quarterback won a game for the team.
Taylor started the game for the Giants in their win and also became the first black quarterback in the team’s history to obtain a win. Also, starting against the Commanders makes him the second black quarterback to start for the Giants. The first was current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith in 2017.
Taylor is not a regular starter for the Giants but he filled in for the injured starting quarterback, Daniel Jones. The Messenger reports that he had 279 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers playing in front of the home crowd at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The Pro Bowl player was selected to play in the regular season game in 2015. He previously started 53 games before joining the Giants. In 2015, he led the Bills to their first playoff berth since 1999. He is currently in his second year with the Giants as Jones’ backup. There are even claims that Taylor plays better than Jones. The controversy appears to be a nonstarter considering the money they both take home. Jones takes $40 million a year while Taylor takes $5.5 million.
Taylor also spent a season with the Cleveland Browns after his stay with Buffalo before signing with the Los Angeles Chargers.