Marlin Briscoe (born September 10, 1945 in Oakland, California) is a former American football professional wide receiver/quarterback who played American professional football for nine years. Before being drafted in 1967, Briscoe played football at Omaha South High School and at the University of Omaha. Briscoe started his career in the American Football League in 1968, with the Denver Broncos, where he became the first starting black quarterback of the modern era. In 1969 he went to the Buffalo Bills, and after the AFL-NFL merger, he played in the NFL from 1970 though 1976, mostly with American Football Conference teams. During eight of his nine years, Briscoe was a receiver, but he is best known as the first modern African-American quarterback, playing the position as a rookie with the Broncos.
From 1969-1971, Briscoe played for the Buffalo Bills as wide receiver. In 1970 He was in the top 2 in receptions and receiving yards and became an All-Pro.
From 1972-1974 He played for the Miami Dolphins and won 2 Super Bowl rings. He was the leading receiver on the Dolphins in 1973, catching more passes than future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Paul Warfield.
He ended his career in 1979 with the New England Patriots. Today, he works with youths and has his own football camp for children.