Marlin Briscoe, first Black beginning quarterback in AFL, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, who turned the primary Black beginning quarterback within the American Soccer League greater than 50 years in the past, died Monday.

His daughter, Angela Marriott, instructed The Related Press that Briscoe, 76, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He had been hospitalized with circulation points in his legs.

Briscoe, an Omaha, Nebraska, native, was a star quarterback at Omaha College earlier than the Denver Broncos drafted him as a cornerback within the 14th spherical in 1968. Briscoe instructed the workforce he’d return house to develop into a instructor if he could not get a tryout at quarterback. Denver agreed to an audition, and the 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed “The Magician” made the beginning lineup on October 6.

Briscoe began 5 video games that season. He was runner-up for AFL rookie of the yr after passing for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns and speeding for 308 yards and three scores.

Denver did not give him an opportunity to compete for the quarterback job in 1969, so he requested to be launched. He turned a Professional Bowl receiver with the Buffalo Payments and gained two Tremendous Bowls with the Miami Dolphins. He was a receiver on the 1972 Dolphins workforce that completed with an ideal season.

Briscoe was inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2016.