Marlin Briscoe, the NFL’s first African-American QB, has died

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Marlin Briscoefirst black quarterback in the era of superbowlthat NFL created in 1967, died this Monday as a result of pneumonia in Norwalk (California) at age 76, reported the Denver Broncos.

Marlin Briscoe was a pioneer who broke barriers. He made history as the first black starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Our deepest condolences to the family and former colleagues of marlin“, announced the Denver entity.

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 touchdownsplus 308 rushing yards and three 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 came with the mythical Miami Dolphins of the perfect mark of 17 games won and no games lost, a squad with which he won the superbowl.

After three seasons with dolphins, briscoe went on to play with San Diego Chargers. From there she emigrated to Detroit Lions and ended with 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 scholarship of ‘Diversity Coaches Marlin Briscoe‘was instituted in Denver the summer of 2021 for the one-season internship program, recognition that briscoe managed to thank in life.

I feel very honored. It is a great honor to be recognized after all these years,” said briscoe on that occasion.

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Marlin Briscoe, the NFL’s first African-American QB, has died