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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas during the 1968 season and was named the league's Most Valuable Player for leading the Colts to the Super Bowl , died on Friday in Florida. He was 79. Morrall played 21 pro seasons and started at quarterback for five NFL teams, but he will be remembered as the ultimate understudy because of that '68 season with the Colts and the 1972 season in which he took over for an injured Bob Griese for nine games and helped lead the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins to a historic 17-0 record.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas during the 1968 season and was named the league's Most Valuable Player for leading the Colts to the Super Bowl , died on Friday in Florida. He was 79. Morrall played 21 pro seasons and started at quarterback for five NFL teams, but he will be remembered as the ultimate understudy because of that '68 season with the Colts and the 1972 season in which he took over for an injured Bob Griese for nine games and helped lead the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins to a historic 17-0 record.
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By MILTON KENT | November 28, 1996
As it will for most American households, today's holiday meal at the home of ABC college football analyst Bob Griese will be a chance for the family to give thanks for all the good things that have happened since this time last year.But the elder Griese, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, claims to be a little less thankful for the conduct of his son Brian, a Michigan quarterback who came off the bench Saturday to lead the Wolverines to an upset road win over Ohio State.The Michigan victory spoiled the prospect of having two unbeaten teams, the Buckeyes and Arizona State, meet in the Rose Bowl, which -- surprise, surprise -- will be seen on ABC on New Year's Day."
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By Milton Kent | January 5, 1999
Final call: Keith Jackson, shown with Fiesta Bowl partner Bob Griese, put down the mike for good last night after 34 years with ABC.For the longest time during last night's Fiesta Bowl, it seemed as though Keith Jackson just didn't want to play along.In the final telecast of a career that's spanned more than 40 years, Jackson was determined not to give the audience what it wanted, namely some of those folksy witticisms that have punctuated his work for the 34 years that he has worked the college football booth for ABC.No "big uglies," no "fummmmmbllle," and certainly no "Whoa, Nellie" -- three of his trademark phrases -- passed through Jackson's lips and analyst Bob Griese, sensing the passage of history, fairly pleaded for Jackson to yield to the moment.
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By Milton Kent | January 5, 1999
Final call: Keith Jackson, shown with Fiesta Bowl partner Bob Griese, put down the mike for good last night after 34 years with ABC.For the longest time during last night's Fiesta Bowl, it seemed as though Keith Jackson just didn't want to play along.In the final telecast of a career that's spanned more than 40 years, Jackson was determined not to give the audience what it wanted, namely some of those folksy witticisms that have punctuated his work for the 34 years that he has worked the college football booth for ABC.No "big uglies," no "fummmmmbllle," and certainly no "Whoa, Nellie" -- three of his trademark phrases -- passed through Jackson's lips and analyst Bob Griese, sensing the passage of history, fairly pleaded for Jackson to yield to the moment.
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By Phil Jackman | August 27, 1993
John McEnroe is a bad man to ask about tennis coverage on television. He once estimated the longest he had ever watched a match without interruption was "a minute and a half . . . besides, I got better things to do."The guy does bring a freshness, understated wit and straightforward style to the job of analyzing the game for the masses, however, and for this all fans should be grateful considering USA Network will be sending along about a hundred hours of U.S. Open coverage beginning Monday.
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By Phil Jackman | December 4, 1992
Things to look and listen for during ABC's coverage of the Army-Navy game tomorrow:Brent Musburger kicking off the noon telecast with, "You are looking live at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia (blah-blah-blah). . "The odds are better than even that the Cadets will not only toss a few passes, which borders on sacrilege at West Point, but may even complete one or two (for no gain).Rollout quarterbacks Jason Van Matre (Navy) and Rick Roper (Army) will have taken so many hits by halftime that it will appear as if they've been dragged through the streets of the City of Brotherly Love by runaway horses.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The talent scouts who grade high school football prospects track their picks through college and into the NFL. The touts make pronouncements about their ability to gaze into the future, but did any project Drew Brees as a Heisman Trophy candidate and a first-round draft choice four years ago? "How hot a commodity was I?" Brees said in early August, echoing a question. "I was cold." Purdue wants its first Big Ten title since 1967, and Brees is ready for one last season of outrageous passing statistics.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 2, 2007
Let's hope other broadcasters were taking note of Andrea Kremer's interview with Brett Favre at the end of NBC's NFL game Sunday night. As she was asking him whether he had just played his last game, Favre grew emotional. Kremer didn't milk the moment, didn't badger him but didn't get caught up, either. Respectfully, but firmly, she probed to find out if he was ready to announce his retirement. Jim Gray, were you watching? Just a small suggestion for Charley Casserly: When you're delivering your information on The NFL Today, try not to use "now" so much.
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January 2, 1992
MIAMI -- After a season in which one commentator after another opined about who's No. 1, network broadcasters turned surprisingly silent about the issue yesterday.In fact, if it wasn't for ABC's Bo Schembechler, and NBC's Paul Maguire, we wouldn't have heard any opinions from either network about whether Miami or Washington was more deserving. Schembechler strongly endorsed Washington; Maguire supported a split championship.The other announcers weren't willing to make such pronouncements.
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By MILTON KENT | November 28, 1996
As it will for most American households, today's holiday meal at the home of ABC college football analyst Bob Griese will be a chance for the family to give thanks for all the good things that have happened since this time last year.But the elder Griese, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, claims to be a little less thankful for the conduct of his son Brian, a Michigan quarterback who came off the bench Saturday to lead the Wolverines to an upset road win over Ohio State.The Michigan victory spoiled the prospect of having two unbeaten teams, the Buckeyes and Arizona State, meet in the Rose Bowl, which -- surprise, surprise -- will be seen on ABC on New Year's Day."
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By Phil Jackman | August 27, 1993
John McEnroe is a bad man to ask about tennis coverage on television. He once estimated the longest he had ever watched a match without interruption was "a minute and a half . . . besides, I got better things to do."The guy does bring a freshness, understated wit and straightforward style to the job of analyzing the game for the masses, however, and for this all fans should be grateful considering USA Network will be sending along about a hundred hours of U.S. Open coverage beginning Monday.
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By Phil Jackman | December 4, 1992
Things to look and listen for during ABC's coverage of the Army-Navy game tomorrow:Brent Musburger kicking off the noon telecast with, "You are looking live at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia (blah-blah-blah). . "The odds are better than even that the Cadets will not only toss a few passes, which borders on sacrilege at West Point, but may even complete one or two (for no gain).Rollout quarterbacks Jason Van Matre (Navy) and Rick Roper (Army) will have taken so many hits by halftime that it will appear as if they've been dragged through the streets of the City of Brotherly Love by runaway horses.
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August 7, 1996
Dante DePaolaPos.: SafetyHeight: 5-10Weight: 190Age: 23College: CaliforniaYear: RookieHow acquired: 1996 free agentHighlights: Finished college career with 183 tackles (122 solos), four tackles for losses, three interceptions and nine pass break-ups. As a senior in 1995, he started all 11 games and finished second on the team with 90 tackles, including 66 solo stops. Consistent performer who never had fewer than five tackles a game his senior year.Personal: Graduated from El Molino High School in Villa Grande, Calif.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 30, 2009
Assuming the winning Super Bowl team's starting quarterback is the one who guides it to victory Sunday night, either the Arizona Cardinals' Kurt Warner or the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger becomes a slam-dunk for eventual coronation as a Hall of Famer. Hall of Fame voting has always smiled on Super Bowl victory. While individual accomplishments are obviously considered, winning the big game is crucial. Consider how many 1970s-era Steelers are there (10, including coach Chuck Noll)
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