Marlin Briscoe was a pioneer in quarterback and was a member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team.

He died Monday from pneumonia. Angela Marriott, Briscoe's child, reported his death to the Associated Press.

After being selected by the American Football League's Denver Broncos, in 1968, Briscoe was nicknamed "The

Magician" and became the first American professional football starting Black quarterback. He 

played in five games during that season, and was named AFL Rookie-of-the Year runner up. Briscoe's

best performance was against the Bills. He threw for 335 yard and four touchdowns in his first start. "We

are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Marlin Briscoe, former Broncos quarterback," the Broncos stated

in a statement. Marlin Briscoe was a pioneer and broke down barriers. He became the first Black starting quarterback

during the Super Bowl era. He was a pioneer who paved the way to many others and left an indelible mark 

through our Marlin Briscoe Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Marlin's friends, family and former colleagues

are our deepest sympathies. After he was denied a chance at being the Broncos' starting QB, Briscoe requested his release.