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Former NFL QB Earl Morrall dies
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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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1 posted on 04/25/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

May the angels sing him home.

He was a gamer for the ages. Tough gritty and always present


2 posted on 04/25/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: dfwgator

God! Not Earl!


3 posted on 04/25/2014 12:47:28 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Nifster

A lot of people forget that he played most of the games during their perfect season.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 12:47:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

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.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 12:48:18 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: dfwgator

Go GREEN Earl!


6 posted on 04/25/2014 12:49:03 PM PDT by pilipo (GOP=Gutless Old Party)
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To: dfwgator
Back in the day before the NFL became the National Felons League, I distinctly remember him filling in for an injured Unitas and playing really well.
RIP ...
7 posted on 04/25/2014 12:49:25 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dfwgator
Now that's a name I hadn't heard in ages.

R.I.P.

8 posted on 04/25/2014 12:50:23 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: oh8eleven

Between him and Don Strock, the Dolphins had the best backup QBs.


9 posted on 04/25/2014 12:50:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Nifster

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.


10 posted on 04/25/2014 12:52:07 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: dfwgator

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.


11 posted on 04/25/2014 12:55:11 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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?


12 posted on 04/25/2014 12:57:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Between him and Don Strock, the Dolphins had the best backup QBs.

I'd go with the Rams.

Waterfield/Van Brocklin (BOTH HoFers)
Jaworski/Harris/Haden
Hadl/Harris/Jaworski
Haden/Ferragamo
Kurt Warner/Trent Green
13 posted on 04/25/2014 1:00:37 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: x1stcav

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


14 posted on 04/25/2014 1:00:44 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

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.


15 posted on 04/25/2014 1:10:23 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: dfwgator

As a Redskin fan in those days, I liked Earl back then.

A real man.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 1:13:00 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: dfwgator

I had forgotten about that too.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 1:16:56 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: x1stcav

It really wasn’t until the 70s that the NFL became the dominant professional sports league.


18 posted on 04/25/2014 1:18:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I remember watching SB I with a fair number of empty seats and little preceding media “hype”.
It almost seems impossible to believe now.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 1:19:57 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Nifster

Always a winner. A big part of the undefeated Dolphins team. Great guy. RIP Earl. Heaven can’t wait.


20 posted on 04/25/2014 1:24:53 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Luke21

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.


21 posted on 04/25/2014 1:27:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
An excellent and honorable run, Mr. Morrall. RIP.
22 posted on 04/25/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: dfwgator

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.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 1:32:04 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: dfwgator

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!


24 posted on 04/25/2014 1:37:58 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: dfwgator

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.


25 posted on 04/25/2014 1:51:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dfwgator

72 Dolphins

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

66-113.

Good team, but NOT great.


26 posted on 04/25/2014 2:47:46 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: skinndogNN
They didn’t have to play the Cowboys, Raiders, or Packers that season.

All they did was beat the teams (Washington, Pittsburgh) that beat the Cowboys and Raiders.

27 posted on 04/25/2014 2:52:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

RIP.


28 posted on 04/25/2014 3:00:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I haven’t heard the name Ferragamo in a long time. About the same time I quit watching sports on TV.


29 posted on 04/25/2014 3:12:24 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: skinndogNN
"The most overated football team in NFL history."

Do you enjoy pissing on the departed? Sheesh...

30 posted on 04/25/2014 3:30:53 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: skinndogNN

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.


31 posted on 04/25/2014 3:38:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dfwgator
I even played a few rounds there back in the day.

Any trouble with gophers?

32 posted on 04/25/2014 4:05:58 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


33 posted on 04/25/2014 4:09:01 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: x1stcav

with you on that


34 posted on 04/25/2014 4:27:18 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Moonman62

Thought that was Jake Scott’s house?


35 posted on 04/25/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: wally_bert
I haven’t heard the name Ferragamo in a long time. About the same time I quit watching sports on TV.

He replaced Haden mid-season when Haden was piloting the Rams to the perhaps the most one sided game in NFL history, at least in terms of control if not points. The Rams won 24-0, with the Seahawks offense garnering -8 yards total.

From there, Ferragamo led the Rams past the Cowboys and the Buccaneers and was leading the Rams to victory in Super Bowl XIV for three quarters after which the Steelers ultimately scored a couple of unanswered touchdowns for the championship (How could you drop that ball, Nolan?!).

A backup QB leading a team that had never been to a Super Bowl ever, or to an NFL Championshipo game in almost thirty years deserves praise and special recognition. The Rams cheaped out, and wouldn't give him a big enough raise, so he went off to the CFL (pre-easy-free agency). He came back later, but it was too late. The magic was gone.
36 posted on 04/25/2014 4:49:38 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: skinndogNN
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.

And yet, season after season, every one of those teams gets beaten by someone it should have beaten. The Patriots made it dramatic, but when the dust settled, they weren't only not the greatest team of all time, they weren't even the greatest team that season.
37 posted on 04/25/2014 4:51:43 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

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.

26.067558,-80.29217


38 posted on 04/25/2014 5:08:16 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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The Colts started Morrall in a SB, finished it with Unitas, and lost. Their next SB (in the same stadium but coached by a different Don), they started Unitas, finished up with Morrall (who held for Jim O'Brien's winning FG), and won. Go figure.

RIP Earl.

ff

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.

39 posted on 04/25/2014 6:10:22 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Dr. Sivana

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.


40 posted on 04/25/2014 7:29:26 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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