Black History Profiles: Day Twenty-Seven

Name: Marlin Briscoe

Basics:  He is the first black quarterback in major league football and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968.  He was eventually traded to the Bills and from there traded to the Dolphins were he won a pair of Super Bowls.  He led the undefeated 1972 team with four touchdown receptions.  After retirement he became a successful businessman and is today the director of the Boys and Girls Club in Long Beach, California.

Why I Chose Him: Sports and athletics are important to the black community.  And I think the problem with that only comes in when it’s our only focus.  But there is a great deal of black excellence in the sporting community and many successes that come from it.  We shouldn’t ignore this community simply because it’s one that we’re stereotyped into.

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