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

By Writing He played with the Denver Broncos, who reported the death Marlin Briscoe, first black quarterback in the Super Bowl era, which the NFL


By Writing

He played with the Denver Broncos, who reported the death

Marlin Briscoe, first black quarterback in the Super Bowl era, which the NFL created in 1967died 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 black starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Our deepest condolences to Marlin’s family and former teammates,” the Denver entity announced.

Briscoe, who was drafted as a wide receiver by the Denver Broncos in 1968, 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 at 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 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.

After three seasons with the Dolphins, Briscoe went on to play with the San Diego Chargers. From there he emigrated to the Detroit Lions and ended up with the New England Patriots.

In his nine-year NFL career, 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 Norwalk hospital.

“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.