DENVER (AP) — Marlin Briscoe had to demand a tryout to be considered at quarterback when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968. He ended up becoming the first black quarterback to start in the American Football League.
Briscoe says he sees parallels with his experiences in how black athletes are treated 50 years later.
His groundbreaking accomplishments were somewhat lost in the shuffle in 1968 Cordy Glenn Jersey , one of the most transformative years in U.S. history. Civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated that year. There were civil rights riots and numerous protests of the Vietnam War. Less than two weeks after Briscoe’s first start, U.S. track and field stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Olympics to protest America’s social injustices.
But Briscoe’s legacy resonates among his contemporaries 50 years later, hitting on race as well as the pressures athletes face in pro sports.
Here are two stories from The Associated Press as they appeared in newspapers when Briscoe played in his first game and when he made his first start. Note that the first story misspells Mike Taliaferro’s and Gino Cappelletti’s last names, and the second story misspells kicker Bob Howfield’s last name.
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Paul Byron.
The deal, which has an average annual value of $3.4 million Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey , was announced Sunday.
The 29-year-old Byron had 20 goals and 15 assists in 82 games with the Canadiens last season and ranked second on the team in goals.
“We are very happy to have signed Paul Byron to a contract extension,” general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.
“Paul is a fierce competitor and an example of courage and will. With his speed, his play on both sides of the ice and his skills, he is a key element of our team.”
Byron was one of four players to skate in all 82 games with Montreal in 2017-18.
Byron was selected in the sixth round, 179th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 draft John Brown Jersey , and was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens from Calgary on Oct. 6, 2015.
Montreal opens the regular season against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Oct. 3.
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