Former NFL backup QB Earl Morral passes away

Earl Morrall passed away on Friday. While Morrall played 21 seasons in the NFL, his biggest contributions came as a backup to the Miami Dolphins during their 1972 perfect season.

Morral, 79, replaced an injured Bob Griese for the final nine games of the regular season before Griese returned for the playoffs. During that season Morrall recorded 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In 1970 Morrall played a large portion of Super Bowl V after Johnny Unitas suffered a rib injury.

In total Morrall had three Super Bowl ring when he retired in 1977.

“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,” Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross said.

In 255 games, Morrall completed 1,379 passes for 20,809 yards and 161 touchdowns with 148 interc