Omahan Briscoe, First Black Starting QB in AFL, Dies at 76

Omaha native Marlin Briscoe, the first black starting quarterback in the AFL, died Monday. 

His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that the 76-year old Briscoe died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California.  He had been hospitalized with circulation issues in his legs. 

Briscoe was a star quarterback at Omaha University.  The Denver Broncos drafted him in 1968 as a cornerback, but agreed to give him a tryout at quarterback.  The 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed “The Magician” went on to become the runner-up for AFL rookie of the year.  Later, Briscoe was a Pro Bowl receiver with the Buffalo Bills and won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins. 

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.