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Earl Morrall dies at 79; key NFL backup quarterback
Earl Morrall dies at 79; key NFL backup quarterback

Earl Morrall was the NFL's answer to a brilliant Broadway understudy. He left his mark on NFL history by stepping in for two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks — Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and Bob Griese in Miami — and turning in a string of masterful performances to keep his teams on track. "All Earl ever did was win games for me, whether it was as a starter or coming off the bench," said legendary Miami coach Don Shula, whose 1972 Dolphins finished with an unblemished 17-0 record — the only perfect season in the NFL's modern era — thanks in large part to Morrall. Morrall, who had been in failing health for some time and reportedly suffered...

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