The New York Times

A Pioneering Black Quarterback's Lasting Legacy

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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.”

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