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Former Bill Briscoe to enter NFF Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2016 – 12:53 pm

Former Bills WR Marlin Briscoe will be formally inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame tonight.

Briscoe, who is being enshrined as a quarterback, was an NAIA first team All-American at Nebraska-Omaha from 1964-67. He set 22 school records and led the team to a conference title his senior year. Known as Marlin ‘The Magician,’ Briscoe was honored by the recognition.

Briscoe is best known for being the first African-American to play quarterback in the American Football League. As a rookie in 1968, Briscoe appeared in 11 games at quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

He said he never felt any pressure being the first person of color to play quarterback in the AFL.

“Not extra pressure but extra pride,” Briscoe said. “I went to an NAIA school, and it was back in those days when schools that size, or lack of size, weren’t expected to make it in the NFL or at least have a great impact if they did make it. So my college team, we had seven kids on my college team that went to the pros, whether as a free agent or as a draft. So it kind of solidified our brand of football and the transition that we had to make as small NAIA school into the major stage of playing in the NFL. And so very, very proud of that.”

Briscoe played three seasons for the Bills (1969-71) including a 1,000-yard receiving season in 1970 when he pulled in eight touchdowns and averaged 18.2 yards per catch.

Fans can watch the entire NFF Annual Awards Dinner tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3.


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Former Bill in 2016 College Football HOF class

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 6:44 am

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes the names of 14 First Team All-America players and two standout coaches. Also on that list is a former Buffalo Bill and infamous Bills draft choice.

An NAIA First Team All-American his senior year, the Omaha, Neb., native set 22 school records as the starting quarterback for the Mavericks from 1964-67, when the school was still named Omaha University. A member of the 1967 Black All-America Team, Briscoe was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Conference selection, and he led the Mavericks to CIC title in 1967. He enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1967, throwing for 2,283 yards and a single-season school-record 25 touchdowns. At UNO, Briscoe ranks second all-time with 53 touchdown passes, third all-time with 5,114 passing yards and fourth in total offense with 6,505 yards.

Briscoe played for the Bills from 1969 to 1971 earning 1st-Team All-Pro honors in 1970.

Also on the list of inductees was LB Tom Cousineau. Cousineau was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but he chose to play for Montreal of the Canadian Football League from 1979-82, earning the league’s Grey Cup MVP honor in 1979. He would later return to the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns from 1982-85 and the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-87.


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Bills ties to 2016 College Football HOF ballot

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2015 – 1:10 pm

There are a few accomplished former football players with ties to the Bills, whose collegiate careers have landed them on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Former Bills WR Marlin Briscoe, former RB Kenny Davis and current defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman are all on the 2016 ballot.

Briscoe a former NAIA QB at Nebraska-Omaha was a 1967 First Team NAIA All-American who ranks third all-time at UNO with 5,114 passing yards…Set 22 offensive records by career’s end… Three-time All-CIC selection.

Davis was a 1984 unanimous First Team All-American who finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting…Led the nation in yards per carry (7.6) at TCU and ranked second nationally in rushing yards (1,611) in 1984…1984 Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year who boasted nine 100-yard games in career.

Buffalo’s defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman was a two-time First Team All-American who led the USC Trojans to four consecutive postseason wins, including the 1974 National Championship at the Rose Bowl…Two-time all-conference selection who helped USC to two Pac-10 titles.

The announcement of the 2016 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

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