At age 36, Mike Tomlin is the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl, as well as the second African-American head coach to do so. Three years after the Colts’ Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Tomlin likes the fact that his age has been more of a talking point than his race.
Said Tomlin on the NFL Network after Pittsburgh’s win in Super Bowl XLIII: “I will get older, but I’ll always be black.”
As Les Carpenter of The Washington Post writes:
Two years ago the question was everywhere, and while Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy endured the queries well, he never seemed to want to make the fact he was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl the main discussion in the days after the Colts’ victory in Super Bowl XLI. On Monday, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, the second African American coach to win a Super Bowl, heard the question only once. More.