Entertainment Sports Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts React to Being First Black Quarterbacks to Face Off at a Super Bowl: 'History' "I'm glad we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now," Patrick Mahomes told USA Today ahead of the 2023 Super Bowl on Feb. 12 By Natasha Dye Natasha Dye Twitter Natasha Dye is a writer-reporter for PEOPLE Digital covering sports. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 3, 2023 01:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty; Jamie Squire/Getty Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes are excited to make history when they become the first Black quarterbacks to meet in a Super Bowl. While Black quarterbacks have played in and won Super Bowls, no other has featured a pair of Black starting quarterbacks. Hurts, whose appearance in the 2023 Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Arizona will be his first, spoke to USA Today about the monumental moment. "It is history," said the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. "It's come a long way." He added: "To be the first for something is pretty cool. I know it'll be a good one." Mahomes, of the Kansas City Chiefs, is making his third Super Bowl appearance. He told USA Today that the game is "special" for him, considering the significant element. Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts to Be First Black Quarterbacks to Meet in Super Bowl Patrick Mahomes. Jamie Squire/Getty Images "I've learned more and more about the history of Black quarterbacks since I've been in this league and the guys that came before me and Jalen [Hurts] set the stage for this," Mahomes explained. The 27-year-old says he is proud that he can continue to pave the way for future Black quarterbacks in the league. "I'm glad we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now," he said. Patrick Mahomes Says He's Been Getting Advice from Tom Brady Ahead of AFC Title Game Mahomes, who is just one of three Black quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl, led the Chiefs to a title in 2020 over the San Francisco 49ers but came up short the following year in a loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In addition to Mahomes, the two other Black quarterbacks to take home the Lombardi Trophy are Doug Williams in 1988 and Russell Wilson in 2014. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will face off on Feb. 12 in Arizona.