New Life

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Title

New Life

Subject

Briscoe, Marlin, 1945-

Description

In 1998, Nick Schinker wrote a four-page feature article about Marlin Briscoe for the UNO Alum magazine. Briscoe was five when he moved from California to Omaha with his mother and younger sister. He grew up in the projects, and sports offered him a path to education. He started studying engineering at the University of Omaha, but ended up earning his degree in education. In addition to being a student athlete, he was the first black member of the OU Student Council, which turned him into a civil rights activist. His spectacular success at football during his time at OU netted him a pro football career, making him the first black starting quarterback in professional American football, though he only held that position for part of one season due to a prejudiced coach. He stayed in pro football as a wide receiver until age 31. After that, he moved to California, where his life went off the rails and he became addicted to drugs. After a brief stay in jail for possession of cocaine, he set his mind to change, and he put his life back together. He became active in his church and dedicated himself to helping young people. Though he went through some rough times, he persevered, and continues to persevere today.


Schinker, Nick. "New Life." UNO Alum. Winter 1998. Pages 20-23.

Creator

Nick Schinker

Source

University Archives File Cabinet Collection (University of Nebraska at Omaha Records), Archives & Special Collections, Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Publisher

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Date

Winter 1998

Relation

Finding aid for UNO Alumni Association Records: http://unomaha-public.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/235

Format

PDF

Type

clippings (information artifacts)

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Original Format

Paper

Files

Citation

Nick Schinker, “New Life,” UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits, accessed December 4, 2022, https://unomaha.omeka.net/items/show/63.

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