Patriots React To Death Of Former Wide Receiver

The New England Patriots were devastated after hearing about the death of former Patriots wide receiver Marlin Briscoe. Briscoe died on June 27 at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He was 76.

According to Briscoe’s daughter, Angela Marriott, pneumonia caused his death. The NFL legend ended up in a hospital due to circulation issues in both legs.

Briscoe was brilliant at Omaha University and took his talent to the old American Football League. The Denver Broncos selected him as a cornerback in the 14th round of the 1968 draft. Briscoe wanted to be a quarterback, but warned everyone that he’d go back home to become a teacher.

Denver gave him a chance and Briscoe almost led the team to a win as a reserve against the Boston Patriots. He became The Magician. In that season, Briscoe saw five starts and was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award. Briscoe passed for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns and also rushed for 308 yards and three TDs.

Denver coach Lou Saban had other plans and Briscoe forced his way out. He signed with the Buffalo Bills and became a Pro Bowl receiver in 1970.

James Harris was Briscoe’s roommate in 1969. Briscoe helped him become a starting signal caller with the Bills and the Los Angeles Rams.

Things went really well for Briscoe. He won two Super Bowls as Miami Dolphins receiver. The Dolphins finished the 1972 season with great success. Why did Briscoe lose the starting job in Denver?

Briscoe retired from football in 1976. He spent the final season of his career with the Patriots.

Patriots respected Briscoe, deliver emotional message after the death of the former wide receiver

The Patriots remember his great success with the team and delivered an emotional message for the family.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Marlin Briscoe, who finished his career with the Patriots in 1976,” the Patriots tweeted.

Briscoe found his spot in Los Angeles, but struggled with drug issues and even ended in jail on multiple occasions.

It was a rough battle, but Briscoe became a coach and teacher. He spent 12 years as the top official of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club. In 2014, street near his high school got Briscoe’s name.