Congress Recognizes Omaha Native

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Marlin Briscoe, the first black man to start at quarterback in professional football, will receive a special honor from Congress.

The Omaha native was recognized by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry this week on the House floor as part of Black History Month. A Congressional Record will be presented to Briscoe on Monday during a ceremony at Metro Community College. Omaha-based actor John Beasley will present the award.

Briscoe was a quarterback in college, but was drafted in 1968 by the Denver Broncos as a cornerback. He moved to quarterback after an injury sidelined the starter.

Briscoe was released by the Broncos in 1969. He went on to become an All-Pro receiver with the Buffalo Bills and Miami, winning two Super Bowls with the Dolphins.

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