TDIF: Marlin Briscoe Becomes First Black QB to Start in NFL History

Denver Broncos, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Uncategorized, Washington Redskins

On this date in football, forty-four years ago, Marlin Briscoe of the Denver Broncos became the first African-American quarterback to start a game in NFL history.  While his stint as a starter didn’t last long on that historic day against the Cincinnati Bengals, Briscoe still managed to start four more games during the 1968 season, passing for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns.  In a league that currently has five starting black QBs, Briscoe paved the way for hopefuls like Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl.

Here’s a look back at Doug Williams’s historic run to Super Bowl XXII, as originally presented in NFL Films Presents.

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