Former Miami Dolphins legend Earl Morrall has died.
Morrall was Bob Griese's backup during the undefeated 1972 season and stepped in when Griese went down with an injury -- leading the Fins to perfection.
Morrall played for Pittsburgh, Detroit, the New York Giants, Baltimore, and finally the Dolphins.
Morrall was 79 years old.
The Miami Dolphins organization is releasing statements in reaction to Morrall's detah...
"The Miami Dolphins’ family is deeply saddened by the passing of Earl Morrall today. Earl not only left an indelible mark in Dolphins history with his play on the field during the Perfect Season Super Bowl VII Championship team, but was extremely active in the community as a player and Dolphins alumnus. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Jane, family and friends during this time.”
“I was very saddened to learn about Earl’s passing. He was someone who was as good a person as he was a player. When I think about Earl, what stands out the most is what a competitor he was on the field and how special he was off it.
All Earl ever did was win games for me, whether it was as a starter or coming off the bench. What I remember the most, of course, is what he did in 1972 when he replaced Bob Griese after Bob’s injury and kept our Perfect Season going until Bob returned in the playoffs. But Earl won a lot of games for me in Baltimore as well. And he did it in such a humble way -- he was a great team player who would do whatever was asked of him. And he was an outstanding leader who inspired confidence in his teammates.
Mary Anne and I want to express our condolences to his wife, Jane, and the rest of their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Our family was saddened to hear of Earl’s passing. He was a prominent member of our Super Bowl winning teams of the early 1970s. He was not only a great player and a great leader, but he also was a wonderful and caring man. He will be sorely missed by the entire Dolphin family.
(Photo: Al Messerschmidt / 2005 Getty Images)