West Omaha Films Finalizes Option Agreement with NFL Pioneer Marlin Briscoe for Movie Project
OMAHA, NE – West Omaha Films announce today the completion of a three year option agreement with Marlin Briscoe. The option agreement gives West Omaha Films the rights to produce a movie within three years about the story of Briscoe’s rise to the top, his meteoric fall and his triumph over incredible odds to become the man he is today. Financial terms of the three year option are not available.
“The finalization of the option agreement between West Omaha Films and Marlin Briscoe is a huge milestone for both parties,” West Omaha Films Partner John Beasley says. “This moves West Omaha Films one step closer in producing a unique sports drama for the entire world to enjoy.”
“This is more than just another sports movie,” Beasley says. “Marlin’s life stands as an example of how an individual can overcome incredible odds — from the top of his profession to the bottom of our society — and find a life that’s meaningful and that gives hope to others.”
Briscoe, who attended Omaha South High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha – Omaha University at the time – played quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He was given a shot at quarterback only because it was part of his NFL contract. Becoming quarterback for an NFL team is a tough challenge, but Marlin Briscoe had the added hurdles of racism and hatred to overcome. And he prevailed, excelling at the position and completing 14 touchdown passes during his first season, a rookie record that still stands today. After his successful rookie season, Briscoe went on to be an all-pro receiver for the Buffalo Bills and a member of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins.
After his football career was over, Briscoe’s struggles caught up with him. He fell into a vicious cycle of drugs, a lifestyle that put him at the barrel-end of a drug dealer’s gun, and eventually behind bars. But Marlin Briscoe took adversity head on, as he had done so many times in the past. He faced his addictions, his fears and his critics to become what he is today, a mentor to young people in Los Angeles and current stars of the NFL. He coaches young people about overcoming life’s barriers and the dangers of drugs.