Doug Williams is one of the most unlikely Super Bowl MVPs of all-time. Unlike Flacco, it has to do with his position. However, it primarily has to do with his ethnicity. Williams was an unexpected MVP because he’s African-American.
African-American quarterbacks have never had it easy in the NFL. Though things are getting better each year, it was much rougher back in Super Bowl XXII. Williams is the first and only African-American quarterback to be the MVP of the big game.
He was also unlikely because there were a number of players who could have won it. The Redskins blew out the Denver Broncos 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII. Blowout wins are hard to pick one player of the game for. Timmy Smith, who got 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, could have been the MVP. One could argue Ricky Sanders, with nine receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns, should have won.
Also, Williams had to leave the game in the first quarter due to a twisted ankle. At the end of the first quarter, Denver had a 10-0 lead over Washington. However, Williams’ return in the second quarter sparked 42 unanswered points for the Redskins. Had it not been for Williams, maybe John Elway wins a Super bowl much earlier in his career.