Marlin Briscoe has died at the age of 76 after fighting pneumonia. What is interesting is that Briscoe was the first American professional football starting Black quarterback. He started his career in the Denver Broncos. It was the Broncos who expressed grief after his death and condolences to the family.
"We are heartbroken to learn the passing of former Broncos QB Marlin Briscoe," the Broncos said in a statement, as quoted by cbcsport. "Marlin was a pioneer who shattered barriers, making history as the first Black starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era.
He paved the way for countless others and created an indelible legacy, including through our Marlin Briscoe Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Our deepest sympathies go out to Marlin's family, friends and former teammates."
Angela Marriott, his daughter is aware of the great mark her father has left on this sport and will be remembered as one of the NFL legends. “He’s made an immense contribution to the sport,” Briscoe's daughter, Angela Marriott, said.
“I hope that he continues to get recognized for the contributions that he made. He was so proud of that achievement”. Changing positions were hard for every player, but Briscoe knew he had a hard time ahead of him and had to give his best.
Probably just such a path made him such a great player. He never gave up and always went all the way. "I wasn't bitter," Briscoe said in a 2015 interview with Sports Illustrated when asked about changing positions.
"Bitter people quit. I was disappointed; if I was bitter, I wouldn't have rolled up my sleeves and learned another position. I grew up in the '50s and '60s, when Black people had a tough road no matter what career they pursued. We expected to have to go through closed doors. We knew we wouldn't get a fair shake."