Falconer Pictures Joins West Omaha Films as Co-Producers of The Magician
With the Seattle Seahawks defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 last night in Super Bowl XLVIII, it put the Seahawks in rare company.
First of all, they have won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Secondly, head coach Pete Carroll became the third coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and a National Championship in college football. The only other two coaches to do that are Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.
Finally, the greatest significance of the win is that Russell Wilson became the second African-American quarterback in the NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The first was Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams back in the eighties.
The old Denver Bronco will be rooting for Seattle today. Marlin Briscoe can’t help it.
“I’m pulling for Russell Wilson,” Briscoe said. “I feel a kinship with his style of play. It’s a verification of how I played the game.”
The man’s life keeps flashing before his eyes these days. Last summer, President Obama called Briscoe a “pioneer.” Now, a movie — “The Magician” — is in the works about his life growing up in south Omaha.
The masterful satirist Richard Pryor, during a skit on his television variety show, in 1977, played a black president holding a press conference. Subdued in tone, clad in a gray suit, Pryor as chief executive tries to field all the questions without losing his composure. He answers the journalists’ queries about tensions in the Middle East, the neutron bomb, and the unemployment rate. Then, about four minutes along, a reporter wearing the beret and fatigue jacket of the Black Panthers and identifying himself as Brother Bell, of Ebony magazine, stands up to say, “I want to know what you gonna do about having more black brothers as quarterbacks in the National Football Honky League. Right on!”
LONG BEACH, Calif. — President Obama, hosting the undefeated 1972 Dolphins at the White House last summer, made his way around the green room before moving out for a public ceremony.
As the president greeted Hall of Famers like Bob Griese and Larry Csonka and the renowned coach Don Shula, and the unintentionally comedic kicker Garo Yepremian and members of the No-Name Defense, he also extended his hand to a lithe former role player and offered him a look of recognition.
“He said, ‘I know you; you’re a trailblazer,’ ” said Marlin Briscoe, the former player, shaking his head at the memory. “It blew me away.”
Marlin Briscoe will check the mailbox every day. Maybe his gift from the White House will land on his Long Beach, Calif., doorstep while he’s completing his morning crossword. Or as he’s watching Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson throw another touchdown. Maybe it will show up on Sept. 10, his 68th birthday. Or later. Briscoe waited a long time for history to find him. Why would his package from the president be any different?
Barry Josephson and his Josephson Entertainment banner are partnering with West Omaha Films to produce The Magician, a biopic of Marlin “The Magician” Briscoe, pro football’s first black starting quarterback.
Marlin Briscoe was recently named as Mile High Report’s Greatest Bronco to Wear #15. Marlin was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 14th round (#357 overall) of the 1968 draft. When negotiating his contract, Briscoe stipulated his desire for a three-day tryout at quarterback before agreeing to sign as a defensive back. When starting quarterback Steve Tensi broke his collarbone and the other quarterbacks performed poorly, Briscoe became the first starting African-American quarterback in the history of the NFL. After just 11 games, he was nominated and became the first runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The Denver Broncos released him from his contract before the start of the 1969 season.
February 15, 2011
For those who are not aware, February is National Black History Month. And what better way to commemorate this occasion than to celebrate some of the great black athletes that have played for our beloved Broncos.
In September 1968, a radical change was taking place on the goal lines of black civil rights. A Mile High, and a world away from the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and president Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, one black man ushered in a new era of civil rights in football.
Meet Marlin Briscoe. After breaking every quarterback record at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, when “The Magician” Briscoe was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 14th round, the 5′ 10″, 177 lb quarterback was anticipating playing quarterback at the professional level as well.
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