Opinion: Don't know Marlin Briscoe? Too bad. You owe him if you're an NFL fan


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Arizona Republic sports columnist Greg Moore wants you to recognize a pioneer.

You owe Marlin Briscoe.

Especially if you’re a fan of the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or that team in Washington.

Or if in the last 50 years you’ve rooted for the Atlanta Falcons, the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the L.A. Rams, the L.A. Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans, the Houston Oilers or the wherever-they’re-from-now Raiders.

Every NFL team has had a black starting quarterback, including nine last year. The last two league MVPs have been black quarterbacks. The offensive rookie of the year is a black quarterback. And three black quarterbacks have won the…

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