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Posted on 04/25/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
MIAMI -- Earl Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died. He was 79.
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May the angels sing him home.
He was a gamer for the ages. Tough gritty and always present
God! Not Earl!
A lot of people forget that he played most of the games during their perfect season.
He also helped win Super Bowl V for the Colts after Unitas got hurt. Somewhat made up for him helping the Colts lose Super Bowl III against the Jets.
Go GREEN Earl!
Between him and Don Strock, the Dolphins had the best backup QBs.
hard to remember when, in our youth, the NFL was still exciting and something still, somewhat, new. Morrall exemplified that spirit.
Today, and for the last 10 years, I’ve hardly watched any games.
But, back the, WOW.
I was living in Miami then. He used to have a rocking chair I think in the locker room. They called hkm the old man. I think he was 39. He came in for Griese and it was like somebody sprinkled fairy dust. What a fabulous year it was.
I had forgotten that Griese came back in the 2nd half against the Steelers in the AFC Title game.
Shula had a tough decision as to whom to start in the Super Bowl. Guess he made the right one. But still, where would they have been without Morrall?
I’m with you. I don’t watch much pro ball any more. Fortunately the local high school team is fun to watch (though not particularly good). Not a bad way to spend a Friday night eating brisket, drinking sweet tea, and listening to the home town crowd
High school and college is where it, the game, started. (the first college game was played in 1869 and the pro’s didn’t get going until 1892 and barely at that)(NFL started in 1923)
I’d rather have a non-pro team playing its heart out, with good or not-so-good results, as a bunch of thugs playing for millions of dollars.
As a Redskin fan in those days, I liked Earl back then.
A real man.
I had forgotten about that too.
It really wasn’t until the 70s that the NFL became the dominant professional sports league.
I remember watching SB I with a fair number of empty seats and little preceding media “hype”.
It almost seems impossible to believe now.
Always a winner. A big part of the undefeated Dolphins team. Great guy. RIP Earl. Heaven can’t wait.
Morrall was owner of the Arrowhead Country Club in Davie, Florida.
Notable because that’s where the movie “Caddyshack” was filmed. I even played a few rounds there back in the day.
Yeah, it was a great time.
I remember the cover photo of ‘Mean’ Joe Green. Was it Time?
The sport was exciting and had caught on.
I started watching the LA Rams back in the 50’s when my father, aka ‘The Chief’ would take us to the para-style end of the LA Coliseum (because, as I recall, it was free in the 4th quarter in those days).
It was great fun back then to grow up in slightly impoverished circumstances.
I remember the “upstart” Earl Morral daring to challenge the great Johnny Unitas when they both played for the Colts.
That’s about the last time I watched pro football.
Len Dawson, Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Darryl Lamonica, Lance Rentzel, Dick Butkus, Gail Sayers ... That’s how old I am!
Caddyshack was filmed across the street at Rolling Hills, which is now private (owned by NSU) and called Grande Oaks. The Evil One played there last year.
Morrall also did a stint as the mayor of Davie. When he lived there he had a round house shaped like a flying saucer with a pool in the center.
The most overated football team in NFL history. They didn’t have to play the Cowboys, Raiders, or Packers that season. All three teams would have whooped up on them.
During the regular season, they played only two teams with winning records and those teams were 8-6.
Their win-loss record of their regular seasonopponents
Good team, but NOT great.
All they did was beat the teams (Washington, Pittsburgh) that beat the Cowboys and Raiders.
I haven’t heard the name Ferragamo in a long time. About the same time I quit watching sports on TV.
Do you enjoy pissing on the departed? Sheesh...
For three straight years the Dolphins went to the Superbowl. They won two of them. Their combined record for those years including playoffs was 44-6-1. They were 8-1 in the playoffs.
The team was built by Joe Robbie, the owner and hated cheapskate. Five of six future hall of famers were already on the team by the time Shula got there. Shula was also recruited by Robbie. He broke league rules to get him and gave him part ownership.
Any trouble with gophers?
First Super Bowl I watched was No. 3, with Earl Morrall vs. Joe Namath. I had just finished my first season of pee wee football, and now I understood what it was about. I rooted for the Jets because they were from the “American” Football League, and I wanted the Americans to win. I remember it well. Johnny Unitas coming in off the bench, and leading a comeback, but falling short. 16-7, as I recall. Funny how you remember all the details of stuff like that, but forget what happened last Tuesday.
with you on that
Thought that was Jake Scott’s house?
There were a few built so he may have had one too. I know for sure that Morrall had one.
Here’s the coordinates if you want to take a look on Google.
P.S. Jim O'Brien was also the on air name of a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in the first half of the seventies (James Oldham, his real name IIRC). He was also the weather guy later on at Channel 6 in Philly, and died in a skydiving accident near Pottstown around 1983. RIP too, Jimbo.
I vaguely remember some of the history now that you mention it. The Rams were the only NFL team I ever liked as a kid of the 70s and 80s.
The super bowl loss disappointed me even then. It seemed like the Rams could win anything but the big stuff.
I bet Nolan probably still has bouts of feeling awful if he is still alive. I would.
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