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Eight years before Marlin Briscoe became the first Black starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era with the Denver Broncos, Gene Mingo became the first Black kicker in pro football history in the Broncos’ inaugural season.
Mingo was a do-it-all player for the Broncos — he kicked field goals, returned kicks, caught passes, rushed and even passed.
In 1960, Denver’s first season, Mingo converted 18-of-28 field goal attempts, rushed 83 times for 323 yards and four touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 156 yards and a score, returned 12 kicks for 301 yards and a score and completed one pass for 47 yards.
He made history as a kicker, but Mingo was a threat as a skill position player as well, scoring 12 touchdowns during the Broncos’ first five years of existence. He accounted for 408 points with Denver, which ranks eighth on the Broncos’ list of all-time leading scorers.
Mingo was a pioneer who helped pave the way for players like Briscoe and Walter Highsmith, who became pro football’s first Black player to start at center in Denver during the 1968 season.