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Marlin Briscoe, the first Black quarterback to start a modern professional football game, died Monday at the age of 76.

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His daughter, Angela Marriott, confirmed to the Associated Press that Briscoe died of a California hospital after facing circulation issues in his legs.

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Briscoe began his career with the Denver Broncos, where he made history by starting five games in 1968.

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The team issued a statement calling him "a pioneer who shattered barriers."

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Fifty-four years after Briscoe's feat,

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Russell Wilson will steer Denver's offense under center.

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The new Broncos quarterback expressed gratitude to Briscoe for paving the way.

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"Thanks to 'The Magician' for breaking down doors for me & many others," Wilson wrote on Twitter.

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Although he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, the Broncos didn't welcome back Briscoe as a quarterback the following year

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After requesting a trade, he became a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills and spent his first of three seasons

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with the Miami Dolphins during their perfect 1972 campaign.

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"I wasn't bitter," he said. "Bitter people quit.