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#4 Earl Morrall Leads
#4 Earl Morrall Leads '72 Dolphins | Top 10 Player Comebacks | NFL Films
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: NFL Films
Earl Morrall ● A Simple Tribute
Earl Morrall ● A Simple Tribute
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: Rest in Peace
NFL Men Who Played The Game Featuring QB Earl Morrall imasportsphile
NFL Men Who Played The Game Featuring QB Earl Morrall imasportsphile
Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: Ima Sportsphile
Recalling 72
Recalling 72' with Dolphins' quarterbacks Bob Griese and Earl Morrall
Published: 2008/07/31
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
NFL - The Men Who Played The Game - QB Earl Morrell   imasportsphile.com
NFL - The Men Who Played The Game - QB Earl Morrell imasportsphile.com
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: rss empresas1
2013 Taste of the NFL - Earl Morrall Breakfast
2013 Taste of the NFL - Earl Morrall Breakfast
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: 2SEVENProductions
Former Dolphins QB Earl Morrall dies at 79
Former Dolphins QB Earl Morrall dies at 79
Published: 2014/04/26
Channel: WPTV News | West Palm Beach Florida
08/25/71 Earl Morrell on football
08/25/71 Earl Morrell on football
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: nutty.archives
Bishop Earl Morrall
Bishop Earl Morrall
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: disguise21
Earl Morrall: Football Quarterback
Earl Morrall: Football Quarterback
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: WhoWhat
#39: Jim Hudson Picks Off Earl Morral Super Bowl III | Top 50 Clutch Super Bowl Plays
#39: Jim Hudson Picks Off Earl Morral Super Bowl III | Top 50 Clutch Super Bowl Plays
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: NFL
Remembering Earl Morrall (1934-2014)
Remembering Earl Morrall (1934-2014)
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Tyler Barney
Bishop Earl Morrall Your position
Bishop Earl Morrall Your position
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: disguise21
My Favorite Cards - 1971 Topps Earl Morrall
My Favorite Cards - 1971 Topps Earl Morrall
Published: 2013/12/19
Channel: wheelzNcards
Steelers 1950
Steelers 1950's All-Time Decade Team
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: UnknownLegend57
NFL Sounds of the 60
NFL Sounds of the 60's Can you name these vintage pro football players?
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: Steven Watson
Remembering Earl Morrall (1934-2014)
Remembering Earl Morrall (1934-2014)
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Tyler Barney
1968 Baltimore Colts All The Horses
1968 Baltimore Colts All The Horses
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: erbigfan2003
Judging Talent with Dolphins
Judging Talent with Dolphins' quarterback Earl Morrall and Coach Don Shula
Published: 2008/07/31
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Former NFL quarterback Earl Morrall dies at 79
Former NFL quarterback Earl Morrall dies at 79
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: FOX 4 Now
914 Morrall
914 Morrall
Published: 2015/10/08
Channel: Debbie and Connie
America
America's Game - Missing Rings - 1968 Baltimore Colts - Earl Morrall - Mike Curtis - Jimmy Orr
Published: 2012/11/17
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Matt Morrall (BR
Matt Morrall (BR '75 and son of NFL great Earl Morrall) talks about his mentors...
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Ted Fox
Muskegon teammate remembers Earl Morrall
Muskegon teammate remembers Earl Morrall
Published: 2014/04/29
Channel: phildawsontv
Bishop Earl Morrall prt2
Bishop Earl Morrall prt2
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: disguise21
Super Bowl III: "Joe Namath
Super Bowl III: "Joe Namath's Guarantee" | Jets vs Colts | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: NFL
Remembering Ladies Home Journal, John Houbolt, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Earl Morrall
Remembering Ladies Home Journal, John Houbolt, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Earl Morrall
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
NFL Alumni Celebrity Charity Classic: Earl Morrall
NFL Alumni Celebrity Charity Classic: Earl Morrall's Legacy
Published: 2015/04/13
Channel: Naples Daily News
HOF Earl M
HOF Earl M
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: D Bake
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: Jade Staffordshire Singer
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: Jade Staffordshire Singer
Bishop earl Morrall at Roat
Bishop earl Morrall at Roat
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: disguise21
Bishop Earl Morrall at ROAT
Bishop Earl Morrall at ROAT
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: disguise21
Morrall Lot
Morrall Lot
Published: 2016/01/04
Channel: Debbie and Connie
Chris Morrall 3/9/14
Chris Morrall 3/9/14
Published: 2014/12/07
Channel: Woosie Morrall
Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights (NFL 1970-71)
Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights (NFL 1970-71)
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: SANFRANFANAD
GameON! Taste of the NFL Special
GameON! Taste of the NFL Special
Published: 2013/02/24
Channel: gameontvmn
Super Bowl 3 Highlights - Jets vs Colts
Super Bowl 3 Highlights - Jets vs Colts
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Savage Brick Sports
Shannon Morrall Reel
Shannon Morrall Reel
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: Shannon M
939 Morrall
939 Morrall
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: Debbie and Connie
OBM - Football Player - Earl Morrall
OBM - Football Player - Earl Morrall
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Keren Morrall - Jade at the Miners 20/02/16
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: Jade Staffordshire Singer
Keren Morrall - Jade at The Miners Brereton 20/02/16
Keren Morrall - Jade at The Miners Brereton 20/02/16
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: Jade Staffordshire Singer
Ian Morrall vs Ashley Fitzgerald
Ian Morrall vs Ashley Fitzgerald
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Ian Morrall
Lisa Morrall
Lisa Morrall
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: L M Music
Simply Soul By Lisa Morrall
Simply Soul By Lisa Morrall
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Heart Events
Lisa Morrall
Lisa Morrall
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: L M Music
Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame ceremony Dec 16, 2012
Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame ceremony Dec 16, 2012
Published: 2012/12/23
Channel: Griffin Van Nest
Barbara Jimerson Morrall - Life Story Digital Film
Barbara Jimerson Morrall - Life Story Digital Film
Published: 2013/03/29
Channel: lifestorynetfilms
Lisa Morrall Showreel Demo
Lisa Morrall Showreel Demo
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: L M Music
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Earl Morrall
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Morrall in 1976
No. 11, 10, 14, 15
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1934-05-17)May 17, 1934
Muskegon, Michigan
Died: April 25, 2014(2014-04-25) (aged 79)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Muskegon (MI)
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 161–148
Passing yards: 20,809
Passer rating: 74.1
Player stats at NFL.com

Earl Edwin Morrall (May 17, 1934 – April 25, 2014) was an American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for twenty-one seasons. Morrall, who also occasionally punted, played 21 seasons in the National Football League as both a starter and reserve. In the latter capacity, he became known as one of the greatest backup quarterbacks in NFL history.[1] During the 1968 Baltimore Colts season, he filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas leading to an NFL championship shutout victory and Super Bowl III, and for the 1972 Miami Dolphins season (both under coach Don Shula) he filled in for an injured Bob Griese leading to Super Bowl VII and the only perfect season in NFL history. Morrall made Pro Bowl appearances following the 1957 and 1968 seasons.

Pre-professional career[edit]

Morrall led Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan to a state football championship in 1951. Morrall attended Michigan State University, where he played three seasons for the Michigan State Spartans football team, leading them to a 9–1 record in the 1955 season. He capped his senior year with a victory over the UCLA Bruins in the 1956 Rose Bowl. Morrall also played baseball at Michigan State and played in the College World Series as a shortstop and third baseman. He was offered the opportunity to play professional baseball but chose instead to play football.

National Football League career[edit]

In his more than two decades on the professional gridiron, Morrall played for six different teams, starting with his rookie year in 1956 as a first-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers. On September 16, 1957, he was traded along with guard Mike Sandusky to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for linebacker Marv Matuszak and two first-round draft picks. Despite the high cost of the transaction, the Steelers traded Morrall just over a year later to the Detroit Lions in order to obtain future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne. Morrall was with the Lions for the next six years, having his best season in 1963 by throwing for 24 touchdowns and more than 2,600 yards. The following year, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in an October 18 contest against the Chicago Bears.

After spending the off-season rehabilitating from his injury, Morrall was dealt to the New York Giants as part of a three-team transaction on August 30, 1965. Enduring his role during the Giants' rebuilding phase, Morrall threw for 2,446 yards and 22 touchdowns that season, but found himself seeing spot duty over the course of the next two years. On August 25, 1968, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts for an undisclosed draft choice.

Morrall (left) running a play for the Colts in Super Bowl V

When regular Colts signal caller Johnny Unitas was injured in the final exhibition game, Morrall became the team's starter. Morrall proceeded to lead the Colts to a 13-1 record, then added two playoff victories en route to winning the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, leading the Colts into Super Bowl III. However, in one of sport's greatest upsets, the Colts lost 16-7 to the New York Jets, with a second-quarter interception of a pass by Morrall symbolizing the team's luck on the day. Wide receiver Jimmy Orr was wide open near the end zone, but Morrall inexplicably did not see Orr (despite having successfully run the same play earlier in the year). His throw down the middle was short and intercepted by Jim Hudson to blunt the Colts' momentum. Two years later, Morrall again replaced an injured Unitas in Super Bowl V, and the Colts won 16-13 over the Dallas Cowboys on a 32-yard field goal by Jim O'Brien at the end of regulation.

On April 25, 1972, Morrall was claimed on waivers for $100 by the Miami Dolphins, reuniting him with his former Colts head coach, Don Shula. Shula described Morrall as "an intelligent quarterback who's won a lot of ball games for me."[2]

Morrall replaced the injured Bob Griese for the Dolphins during the team's October 15 win over the San Diego Chargers.[3] The victory gave Miami a 5-0 record, with Morrall building on that win to lead the team to the first undefeated regular season in the NFL since 1942 and only undefeated season ever, starting 11 out of 17 games that year. After notching a win in the team's first playoff game against the Cleveland Browns, Morrall struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, leading to the return of Griese.

Morrall would remain as a Dolphin quarterback for the next four seasons before finally announcing his retirement on May 2, 1977.[4] Until first Doug Flutie and then Vinny Testaverde almost 30 years later, Morrall was the oldest quarterback to start and win a football game in the NFL. In those 21 seasons, Morrall was part of 255 games, completing 1,379 passes for 20,809 yards and 161 touchdowns.

Post-professional career[edit]

Earl Morrall became the quarterback coach at the University of Miami in 1979.[5] During his time there he worked with Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde and Mark Richt. In 1989, he was elected to the Davie, Florida city council and eventually became mayor.[6] Morrall ran for the Florida House of Representatives District 97 seat as a Republican in 1992 and lost.[7][8]

During a 1989 interview, Morrall was asked what it took to come off the bench and be an effective quarterback and team leader. His response was, "When you get the chance to do the job, you have to do the job. That's all there is to it."[1]

He died on April 25, 2014 at his son's home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[9] He was 79.[8][10] After death, examination of his brain disclosed that he had grade 4 (the most serious stage) chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[11]

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