His era of success in the NFL came with the legendary Miami Dolphins with the perfect mark of 17 games won and no games lost, a squad with which he won the Super Bowl twice.
Marlin Briscoefirst African-American quarterback in the era of superbowlthat NFL created in 1967, died this Monday as a result of pneumonia in Norwalk, California at the age of 76, the Denver Broncos reported.
“Marlin Briscoe was a pioneer who broke barriers. He made history as the first African-American starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Our deepest condolences to Marlin’s family and former teammates,” the Denver entity announced.
Merlin Briscoewho was recruited as a catcher by the Denver Broncos in 1968, he only had the opportunity to play quarterback in his rookie season in which he impressed with 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns, plus 308 yards and three rushing TDs, in five games.
In 1969 he was ostracized.
He never got the opportunity at that position on any team again, despite the talent he displayed as a star passer in the University of Omaha.
He played catcher for the Buffalo Bills in 1970, a team with which he participated and won a Pro Bowl.
His time of success in the NFL He arrived with the mythical Miami Dolphins with the perfect mark of 17 games won and no games lost, a squad with which he won the Super bowl.
After three seasons with dolphins, Marlin Briscoe went on to play with San Diego Chargers. From there he emigrated to the Detroit Lions and ended up with the New England Patriots.
In his nine-year career at the NFL he caught 224 passes for 3,537 yards and 30 touchdowns.
In their statement, the Broncos highlighted the legacy of the player, who died in a hospital in Norwalk.
“Marlin paved the way and left an indelible legacy which we remember through our ‘Marlin Briscoe Diversity Coaches’ scholarship. We have no choice but to hug all his loved ones,” added the entity.
The ‘Marlin Briscoe Diversity Coaches’ scholarship was instituted in Denver in the summer of 2021 for the one-season internship program, recognition Briscoe came to appreciate in life.
“I’m very honored. It’s a great honor to be recognized after all these years,” Briscoe said at the time.
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Briscoe, first African-American QB in SB era, dies at 76