Marlin Briscoe and Jimmy Raye shared their pioneering spirit as Black quarterbacks

PHOTO: Marlin Briscoe as a Denver Broncos rookie quarterback before he was switched to receiver. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN In many ways Jimmy Raye was Marlin Briscoe and Marlin Briscoe was Jimmy Raye. They were both pioneering figures connected in similar but different ways. Briscoe died on Monday at age 76 from circulation problems in his legs and from pneumonia. Raye recalled how he and his old friend were tied together in history as…

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NFL dusts off successful minority seminars previously abandoned

PHOTO: What if Eric Bieniemy’s name was Eric Hackett? Visit my website home page, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The NFL wants you to believe it works unadulterated to solve its long-standing problem of failing to consider Black candidates as a general manager and a head coach. “Sham interviews” are current buzz words, but the practice dates back decades. The latest example of the NFL planning its latest dubious effort to address the issue was reported on Wednesday by ESPN.…

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Remembering John Madden as a coach and teacher of the game

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The passing of John Madden Tuesday at age 85 reminded me of how he was such a good teacher of football when he switched to TV analyst. Most stories about Madden will focus on his career as a head coach with the Oakland Raiders and as a TV analyst. I'm choosing to remind readers of his time working under Don Coryell at San Diego State. Madden showed at a memorial…

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