The Magician

West Omaha Films proudly presents The Magician. Marlin Briscoe broke almost every rookie quarterback record in Denver Broncos history, but was released without explanation. Then Marlin switched to wide receiver, earning All-Pro honors and two Super Bowl rings.

But despite his lifetime of success on the football field, Marlin the Magician's toughest opposition was against drugs and himself — a struggle that left him on the streets of L.A. and nearly took his life.

From his early years in Omaha, Nebraska, to racial confrontations and near-death personal struggles, The Magician is the true story of Marlin Briscoe, pro football’s first black starting quarterback.

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Omaha football legend Marlin Briscoe immortalized in statue unveiled Friday

UNO unveiled on Friday the statue depicting legendary quarterback Marlin Briscoe, who went on to become the first black quarterback to start a game in the NFL. The statue, which will be placed outside Baxter Arena, shows Briscoe winding up to pass, something he did often at Omaha U. Briscoe set 22 school records, including the career passing mark with 5,114 yards.

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

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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Marlin Briscoe statue moving, in more ways than one

I have a new favorite statue. They’ll unveil it on Friday, outside Baxter Arena. Tonight, the subject will be honored at a dinner in the same arena. Former Denver Bronco Floyd Little will speak, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula will be among the video tributes and local legends such as Bob Gibson, Johnny Rodgers and Ron Boone will be there. I haven’t even seen the Marlin Briscoe statue yet, but I love it because of what it represents. Briscoe was a pioneer, the first African-American quarterback in professional football with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in 1968.

Press Releases

Lyriq Bent to play NFL's First Starting Black QB Marlin Briscoe

Book of Negroes Star Joins “The Magician”
Lyriq Bent to play NFL’s First Starting Black QB Marlin Briscoe

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VARIETY Exclusive - Lyriq Bent Starring in Marlin Briscoe Football Drama ‘The Magician’

West Omaha Films and Falconer Pictures have signed Lyriq Bent to portray NFL player Marlin Briscoe in “The Magician, the Marlin Briscoe Story,” Variety has learned exclusively.

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