*Gregory Allen Howard, the writer of Denzel Washington’s football film “Remember the Titans,” is penning a new gridiron-based screenplay about the life of quarterback Marlin “The Magician” Briscoe, who broke a color barrier in professional football.
In a game against the Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 1968, Briscoe became the first starting black quarterback in the modern era, extending the American Football League’s propensity to use blacks at positions they were denied in the NFL.
He earned the nickname of “The Magician” which doubles as the biopic’s tentative title. The film will trace his rise as well as his fall into addiction and, naturally, his path to redemption, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
After the Broncos, Briscoe played for the AFL’s Buffalo Bills for a stint. When the AFL merged in the NFL, he played for the Miami Dolphins.
When he left the league, Briscoe became addicted to drugs, which saw him lose his home and auction off his Super Bowl rings. He also served time in jail. He rebounded by becoming a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club in Long Beach and starting his own football camp for kids.
West Omaha Films, founded by actor John Beasley along with David B. Clark and Terry Hanna, is producing film.
Below, a short film on Marlin Briscoe: