Marlin Briscoe, 1st Black starting QB in AFL, dies at 76
(AP) - Marlin Briscoe, the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League, died Monday.
His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that Briscoe, 76, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He had been hospitalized with circulation issues in his legs.
Briscoe was a star quarterback at Omaha University, now the University of Nebraska-Omaha, before the Denver Broncos drafted him as a cornerback in the 14th round in 1968.
He told the team he wanted a tryout at quarterback. Denver agreed to an audition, and the 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed “The Magician” made the starting lineup on Oct. 6.
Briscoe played for other teams in the AFL and NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins.
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