Marlin Briscoe, Pioneering Black Quarterback, Dies at 76

Briscoe became the first Black starting quarterback of the Super Bowl era in the 1960s, but prejudiced thinking from coaches stifled his trajectory at the position.

Marlin Briscoe, a pioneering quarterback who had to overcome prejudice against Black athletes playing the position during the 1960s, and who later won two Super Bowl rings as a wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins, died on Monday. He was 76.

Briscoe had been hospitalized in Norwalk, Calif., just outside Los Angeles, where he died of pneumonia. He had been having circulation problems in his legs, according to his daughter Angela Marriott.

Briscoe made pro football history in 1968 when, during his rookie year with the

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