Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1971 Profile: Marlin Briscoe

Wide Receiver
No. 86
"Dennis Shaw's favorite target last season was Marlin Briscoe, who wound up as the AFC's leading pass receiver with 57 catches for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns, and was named to the Pro Bowl squad.
Briscoe, who in 1968 started his professional career as the NFL's first black starting quarterback with Denver, joined the Bills the following year and was switched to wide receiver. The 5-11, 178-pounder, considered too small to play quarterback, adapted to his new job easily, catching 32 passes in his first two seasons with the Bills and earning the nickname 'Marlin the Magician' because of his flair for making the big play.
He has fine body control and leaping ability. And, of course, in a pinch Marlin can always fill in at quarterback."

-Brenda Zanger, Pro Football 1971

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