Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall was honored today at the "Salute to Earl Morrall Breakfast" in New Orleans, Louisiana. The breakfast was a show of gratitude from the Taste of the NFL for Morrall's 15 years of support in the organization's mission to "Kick Hunger in America."
Morall spent 21 years in the NFL, including five seasons with the Dolphins. He served as the Dolphins' starting quarterback for most of the 1972 Undefeated Season, replacing Bob Griese when the future Hall of Famer broke his leg. Morrall would lead the team to the AFC Championship game, starting that contest before being replaced by Griese at halftime.
Morrall's career with the Dolphins would see him play in 69 games, starting 12. He was 153-for-284 passing over that stretch, a 53.9% completion rate, for 2,335 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He finished his career with a 51.3% completion rating, for 20,809 yards, 161 touchdowns, and 148 interceptions, giving him a 74.1 passer rating.
Included in the breakfast honoring Morrall were Dick Anderson and Paul Warfield, both teammates of Morrall's in that 1972 season. The breakfast also hosted "special guest" Don Shula, the NFL's all time winningest coach, and Dolphins' head coach for 25 years, including the 1972 season.