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Marlin Briscoe Set for Sept. 22 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Nebraska Omaha and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Briscoe, a 2016 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, during a special event at Baxter Arena.
Published: 9/21/2016 11:00:00 AM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 21, 2016) – The University of Nebraska Omaha and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Marlin Briscoe with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Sept. 22. The Salute will take place during “An Evening with The Magician,” a special event starting at 7 p.m. CT at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Fidelity will also sponsor a VIP reception prior to the program.

On the following day, Sept. 23, UNO will unveil a bronze, life-size statue of Briscoe on campus, and he will be honored during Omaha South High School’s Homecoming football game.

“They called Marlin Briscoe ‘The Magician’ for his ability to pull great plays out of a hat,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He is arguably the most famous and well-remembered player in UNO’s history, and we are pleased to honor him as the first Maverick to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers.

An NAIA First Team All-American his senior year, the Omaha, Neb., native set 22 school records as the starting quarterback for the Mavericks from 1964-67, when the school was still named Omaha University. A member of the 1967 Black All-America Team, Briscoe was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Conference selection, and he led the Mavericks to CIC title in 1967. He enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1967, throwing for 2,283 yards and a single-season school-record 25 touchdowns. At UNO, Briscoe ranks second all-time with 53 touchdown passes, third all-time with 5,114 passing yards and fourth in total offense with 6,505 yards.

Briscoe was drafted in the 14th round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, playing one season with the franchise and setting a rookie record with 14 touchdown passes. Considered the first starting black quarterback in the NFL’s modern era, he would also play for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots during his nine-year career. The 1970 All-Pro selection was a member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team and won two Super Bowls (VII, VIII) with the franchise as a wide receiver.

Now retired, Briscoe ran various youth football camps and established the Marlin Briscoe Scholarship Fund at UNO. He has received the keys to the cities of Los Angeles and Bellevue, Neb., and he is a former director of a Boys and Girls Club. He was among the inaugural inductees into the UNO Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975.

Including the 2016 class, only 977 players and 211 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.19 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 147 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

Remaining Scheduled 2016 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)






Sept. 22

Marlin Briscoe

Nebraska Omaha (1964-67)

Special Event

Oct. 1

Troy Davis

Iowa State (1994-96)


Oct. 1

Scott Woerner

Georgia (1977-80)


Oct. 8

Tom Cousineau

Ohio State (1975-78)


Oct. 15

Herb Orvis

Colorado (1969-71)

Arizona State

Oct. 15

Mike Utley

Washington State (1985-88)


Oct. 22

Randall Cunningham

UNLV (1982-84)

Colorado State

Oct. 22

Coach Frank Girardi

Lycoming (Pa.) (1972-2007)

Lebanon Valley (Pa.)

Oct. 22

Bert Jones

LSU (1970-72)


Oct. 29

Derrick Brooks

Florida State (1991-94)


Oct. 29

Tim Krumrie

Wisconsin (1979-82)


Nov. 5

William Fuller

North Carolina (1981-83)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 12

Rod Woodson

Purdue (1983-86)


Nov. 19

Pat McInally

Harvard (1972-74)


The 2016 season marks the seventh season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 27th time in 2016. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.

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About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
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