Well if the HOF committee isn't on the ball, at least Congress knows their history:
In honor of Black History Month, Congress announced that they would be awarding Marlin Briscoe a Congressional Record, which is basically the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Briscoe is the first Black man to start as a quarterback in professional football.
He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968, then part of the AFL, as a cornerback but played the QB position in college. On September 29, 1968, Broncos QB Steve Tensi suffered a broken collarbone, and backup Joe DiVito was questionable. Bronco Head coach Lou Saban called Briscoe's number to finish the fourth quarter against the Boston Patriots. The following week, on October 6, 1968, Briscoe started in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals where he made history.
Briscoe was released in 1969, but played for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. Briscoe was selected to the Pro Bowl and named an All Pro in 1970 and won two championships with the Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973. Briscoe retired in 1976 and now is the director of the Boys & Girls Club in Long Beach, California.
Talk about a cool thing to have in your history! I'd heard about him before, but it's great that he's getting some play in the news today.
And it poses an interesting question -- is this the kind of milestone that maybe *should* get some HOF consideration?