He was the first Black QB in the AFL, but later was a Pro Bowl receiver for the Bills
Marlin Briscoe made history when he became the first Black quarterback to start an American professional football game with the AFL’s Denver Broncos in 1968, and later, he developed into a Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills. Today’s edition of Buffalo Rumblinks leads off by remembering the life of Briscoe and the impact he made on the game.
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Remembering former Bills WR Marlin Briscoe
Marlin Briscoe became the first Black quarterback to start a professional football game when he passed for 14 touchdowns as a rookie with the Denver Broncos in 1968. But it wasn’t enough to guarantee him the starting job in 1969, and Briscoe asked for his release and was signed by the Bills. The move relaunched Briscoe’s career. In Buffalo, Briscoe would lead the Bills in touchdown receptions for the next three years, and would lead the team in receptions twice. His best season came in 1970, when he earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors after catching 57 passes for 1,036 yards with eight touchdowns.
- Marlin Briscoe, AFL’s first Black quarterback and former Bills receiver, dies at 76 – Buffalo News
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- Marlin Briscoe, AFL’s first Black starting quarterback, dies at 76 – The Athletic (subscription required).
- Marlin Briscoe, first Black starting QB in AFL, dies at age 76 – ESPN.com
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