It is often said that you can never judge a man until you have walked in his shoes. In the case of Marlin Briscoe, his life was judged a long time ago. From journalists who thought he was dead, to drug dealers who wanted him dead, to Marlin Briscoe himself who thought that he would dead.
Marlin’s story is one of triumph in sports, of tragedy by his own hand, and redemption by will power alone. His story easily could have been forgotten, untold, a small blurb on the history of the NFL, nothing more than a blink in the lives of those around him. That guy that you tend to think about once in awhile and say, “Wonder what happened to him”. The thought as fleeting as it appeared.
Marlin’s life was not like that however. His life, while far from sacrifice, is still being written from his mouth to the youth of America. Marlin could have thrown it in, instead, he pulled himself up and now speaks to thousands about not giving up. Believing in yourself. Determination and self-worth.
Marlin Briscoe was the first black quarterback to start in the modern day NFL. His story is so much more, but while his name should be mentioned with those such as Robinson, it is not. There is little mention of the man who broke through an NFL color barrier back in the 60’s. Perhaps, we will never know why that is. Drugs perhaps? Statistics? Who knows.
There is however, a story. A deep rich story that moves the soul as much as it touches the heart and that is the life of Marlin Briscoe.
Today, I give you the final part of the Marlin Briscoe interview. The “years after” his addiction. For more on the Marlin Briscoe story, please visit the movies official site here. You can also listen to previous interviews with members of the production team, read an interview with the screenwriter, and listen to Marlin Briscoe’s previous segments by clicking here. Please enjoy.