Historymaker: Marlin Briscoe

Marlin Briscoe was the first black quarterback to start in an NFL game. 9NEWS.com. 2/1/2016.

KUSA - One Denver Broncos rookie record that still stands today has more than just athletic significance. It's the story of a breaking racial barriers.

Marlin Briscoe was a rookie third-string quarterback with the Denver Broncos in 1968, when he was called to fill-in at a game. He did so well, that he was called to start in the following game. With that move, Briscoe became the first black quarterback to start in an NFL game.

Briscoe's career in Denver was brief. But the touchdown pass record that he set as a rookie still stands in the Denver Broncos record book, truly earning him his nickname "The Magician."

(© 2016 KUSA)

 


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