Sports greats help celebrate accomplishments of ‘Marlin the Magician,’ Omaha U. star and first black QB to start NFL game

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Football history remembers Marlin Briscoe for Oct. 6, 1968, the day he became the first black quarterback to start an NFL game. Floyd Little remembers a different Sunday, seven weeks later. The Denver Broncos vs. the Buffalo Bills. The day “Marlin the Magician” bailed him out. Here’s the scene, according to Little, the former Denver running back: The Broncos lead 31-29. Two minutes left. Little takes a handoff, runs outside, trips over a piece of sod and fumbles. Disaster.

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