Briscoe honored by Congress

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In honor of Black History Month, Congress announced that it would be awarding Marlin Briscoe a Congressional Record, which is basically the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

In honor of Black History Month, Congress announced that it would be awarding Marlin Briscoe a Congressional Record, which is basically the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Briscoe is the first Black man to start as a quarterback in professional football.

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968, then part of the AFL, as a cornerback but played the QB position in college. On September 29, 1968, Broncos QB Steve Tensi suffered a broken collarbone, and backup Joe DiVito was questionable. Bronco head coach Lou Saban called Briscoe’s number to finish the fourth quarter against the Boston Patriots. The following week, on October 6, 1968, Briscoe started in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, where he made history.

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