“Earl Morrall, R.I.P.”

He will always be remembered as the man who “lost” Super Bowl III, but former NFL quarterback Earl Morrall’s life and career encompassed more than just one football game played on Sunday January 12, 1969. Morrall was a dependable back-up QB who helped the Colts win Super Bowl V (after John Unitas left the game with severely bruised ribs). He also filled in for Bob Griese for much up the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated 17-0 1972 season.

Morrall was the consummate professional, who did something that neither O.J. Simpson nor Dan Marino never did: he played on a Super Bowl winning team. When Morrall entered a room or a huddle, we always knew that there was at least one adult in it.


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