According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans) is going back to the grid iron to write a screenplay that is based on the life of quarterback Marlin "The Magician" Briscoe.

Briscoe is acknowledged as the first black starting quarterback. The biopic is tentatively going to be called The Magician. The movie will examine his "rise as well as his fall into addiction and, naturally, his path to redemption."

Briscoe played for the Denver Broncos in the American Football League and then for the Buffalo Bills. When the AFL become part of the NFL, he played for the Miami Dolphins. After leaving the league, Briscoe became addicted to drugs, which saw him lose his home and auction off his coveted Super Bowl rings. He also served a stint in jail. Later, he made a comeback by becoming a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club in Long Beach and then starting his own football camp for young people.

"To be the first in anything is challenging. To be the first starting black quarterback, the thinking position, has real significance," stated Howard. "I'm going to tell this personal story of Marlin Briscoe and use football as a backdrop."

Evan Jacobs