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Marlin Briscoe, 1st Black starting QB in AFL, dies at 76 – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2022-06-28 16:18:57 –

Marlin Briscoe, the first black man to start a quarterback in the American Football League, died at the age of 76.

Brisco’s daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that he died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California on Monday.

He was in the hospital because of a leg circulation problem.

Brisco was a star quarterback at Omaha University before Denver Broncos drafted him as a cornerback in the 14th round of 1968.

He told the team he wanted a quarterback tryout.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he told Broncos that he would go home to become a teacher if he didn’t try.

Denver agreed to the audition, and the 5-foot-10 dynamo, known as the “Magician,” would start five games that year.

On September 29, he almost rallyed the team to win the Boston Patriots.

A week later, he got off to a historic first start.

But by 1969, Broncos had not given Briscoe the opportunity to compete for a quarterback position, so he asked him to be released.

The following year, Briscoe changed from a quarterback to a receiver and signed to play for Buffalo Bills.

Briscoe became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.



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