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RIP Earl Morrall

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Starman, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Pretty unusual career: a journeyman /backup most of his career, bur twice stepped in for injured Pro Bowl QBs and led his teams to the Super Bowl.

    MVP in the 1968 season and arguably should have been in 1972 as well.
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Plus replaced Unitas for the Colts when he got injured in Super Bowl V, which the Colts did win, not by Morrall's doing, though.
  3. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member


  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member


    ... knows how Orr feels.
  6. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    I mourn for the patron saint of backup quarterbacks. I've said this before, but if there was a backup QBs Hall of Fame, it would have a statue of Morrall standing at the entrance.
  7. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    He always looked much older than his age.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Also, if there as a flat top / crew cut Hall of Fame, he'd be the star attraction.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    A major character in "Paper Lion," too -- of course, because he was the backup trying to beat out Milt Plum in 1963. Which, in fact, he did. And then lost it again the next year.

    He was a near has-been at that point, around 30. And yet, he kept playing for more than a decade.
  10. joe king

    joe king Active Member


  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I still say he threw Super Bowl III. The only thing he threw that day that wasn't intercepted.

  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    John Michael Higgins plays him in the movie.

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