This Aug. 1975 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals wide receiver Marlin Briscoe. The Pro Football Hall of Fame calls Briscoe, an Omaha, Neb. native, the first black quarterback in the modern era of pro football. He opened the door for many, including Carolina’s Cam Newton and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who both pay homage to him. (AP Photo/File)

Marlin Briscoe cause of death

Marlin Briscoe, the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League, died Monday.

Marlin Oliver Briscoe, born on September 10, 1945, nicknamed “The Magician”, was a former American football quarterback and wide receiver.

In October 1968, after being drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League (AFL), he became the first black starting quarterback in professional American football and established a Denver rookie record of 14 touchdown passes that season.

He played professionally for nine years.

Marlin Briscoe cause of death
(AP Photo/File)

From Omaha, Nebraska, Briscoe played high school football at Omaha South High School and college football at Omaha University from 1963 to 1967.

The year after he graduated, his college changed its name to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

What was Marlin Briscoe cause of death?

Marlin Briscoe’s cause of death was Pneumonia. He was hospitalized with Circulation issues in his legs.

His daughter, Angela Marriot told The Associate Press.

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