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By John Steadman | March 23, 1992
Favoring a select few important inner-circle friends and saying something he doesn't mean have never been characteristics of Earl Morrall, a man of strong beliefs who won't betray the truth. So what is he doing in politics?The new mayor of Davie, Fla., (population 47,217) has taken quarterbacking to a higher level. Now when he calls plays they better work. There's no way to punt out of trouble.Morrall heads the fifth largest municipality, 44 square miles, in all of Florida. Davie isn't exactly Zona any more, which is what it was originally known after settlers arrived from the Panama Canal Zone almost a century ago. It's in Broward County, southwest of Fort Lauderdale, has 400 employees on the payroll, maintains fire and police departments and stages an annual downtown rodeo that continues to give the community a western flavor.
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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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September 5, 1993
If you're old enough to remember Earl Morrall not seeing Jimmy Orr in the end zone and Tom Matte fumbling on the first play of the second half, you probably don't want to be reminded that this season is the 25th anniversary of the season that ended with Super Bowl III.The interesting thing, though, is that this year could be Super Bowl III in reverse for Baltimore. As you remember, the Colts -- the team with Morrall at quarterback -- were the 17-point favorites over the New York Jets, the team with Joe Willie Namath at quarterback.
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By GREGORY KANE | January 13, 1999
A QUICK GLANCE at the calendar revealed that yesterday was the 30th anniversary of that day. Yes, it was exactly two score minus 10 years ago that the Baltimore Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Isn't it time, fellow Balti-morons, that Joe Namath, the quarterback of that Jets team, come clean and make a confession he's avoided for the past three decades? Isn't it time the man ended his 30 years of living in denial? Super Bowl III has been called an upset. Others have called it a pivotal game in pro football history -- the one that established parity between the older, staid and conservative National Football League and the fledgling American Football League, which embodied the spirit of youthful rebellion.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Twenty years from now, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell will be mentioned in the same breath with Earl Morrall, Jackie Smith and Scott Norwood as Super Bowl goats.But there was more to Pittsburgh's 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last night in Super Bowl XXX than O'Donnell.The Steelers were a team that played with jitters early and found themselves with a 10-point deficit by the end of the first quarter. They couldn't capitalize on scoring opportunities and waited too late to open up their offense.
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By GREGORY KANE | January 13, 1999
A QUICK GLANCE at the calendar revealed that yesterday was the 30th anniversary of that day. Yes, it was exactly two score minus 10 years ago that the Baltimore Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Isn't it time, fellow Balti-morons, that Joe Namath, the quarterback of that Jets team, come clean and make a confession he's avoided for the past three decades? Isn't it time the man ended his 30 years of living in denial? Super Bowl III has been called an upset. Others have called it a pivotal game in pro football history -- the one that established parity between the older, staid and conservative National Football League and the fledgling American Football League, which embodied the spirit of youthful rebellion.
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By John Steadman and John Steadman,SUN COLUMNIST | October 5, 1997
It was a passive morning at Passing Fancy, the flat expanse of farmland where John Unitas, wife Sandra and their three children live in comfort and a laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes kind of rural leisure.Their impeccable white-fenced sanctuary is located in the Long Green Valley, affording a grand vista of the Maryland countryside, away from the public glare but, at the same time, not so private that it's a self-imposed isolation.Sons Joey and Chad are away at college; daughter Paige is a student at St. Paul's School For Girls.
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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 Kevin Cowherd | February 26, 1994
No pain, no gain, etc.: After success of gold medalist Oksana Baiul (three stitches in leg following practice collision) and silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan (knee used as pinata by thuggish amateur hitman), bronze figure skating medalist Chen Lu of China said she briefly considered dropping a cinderblock on her ankle to induce internal bleeding.She settled for a brisk whack upside the head from her coach.Fair's fair: In wake of Tonya Harding do-over in women's long program because of skate boot problem, '69 Colts now petitioning NFL to replay Super Bowl III, claiming QB Earl Morrall played most of 16-7 loss to Jets with loose shoulder pads.
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January 23, 1991
Jan. 12, 1969, is the day most Baltimore Colts fans will never forget. Place-kicker Jim Turner kicked three field goals and halfback Matt Snell ran 4 yards for a touchdown, as the New York Jets defeated the Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.The Jets were led by a cocky, upstart quarterback named Jo Namath, who, three days before the game, predicted the Jets, three-touchdown underdogs, would win. "In fact, I'll guarantee it," said Namath, who went on to complete 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards, as the AFL won its first Super Bowl.
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By John Steadman and John Steadman,SUN COLUMNIST | October 5, 1997
It was a passive morning at Passing Fancy, the flat expanse of farmland where John Unitas, wife Sandra and their three children live in comfort and a laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes kind of rural leisure.Their impeccable white-fenced sanctuary is located in the Long Green Valley, affording a grand vista of the Maryland countryside, away from the public glare but, at the same time, not so private that it's a self-imposed isolation.Sons Joey and Chad are away at college; daughter Paige is a student at St. Paul's School For Girls.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Twenty years from now, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell will be mentioned in the same breath with Earl Morrall, Jackie Smith and Scott Norwood as Super Bowl goats.But there was more to Pittsburgh's 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last night in Super Bowl XXX than O'Donnell.The Steelers were a team that played with jitters early and found themselves with a 10-point deficit by the end of the first quarter. They couldn't capitalize on scoring opportunities and waited too late to open up their offense.
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September 5, 1993
If you're old enough to remember Earl Morrall not seeing Jimmy Orr in the end zone and Tom Matte fumbling on the first play of the second half, you probably don't want to be reminded that this season is the 25th anniversary of the season that ended with Super Bowl III.The interesting thing, though, is that this year could be Super Bowl III in reverse for Baltimore. As you remember, the Colts -- the team with Morrall at quarterback -- were the 17-point favorites over the New York Jets, the team with Joe Willie Namath at quarterback.
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By John Steadman | March 23, 1992
Favoring a select few important inner-circle friends and saying something he doesn't mean have never been characteristics of Earl Morrall, a man of strong beliefs who won't betray the truth. So what is he doing in politics?The new mayor of Davie, Fla., (population 47,217) has taken quarterbacking to a higher level. Now when he calls plays they better work. There's no way to punt out of trouble.Morrall heads the fifth largest municipality, 44 square miles, in all of Florida. Davie isn't exactly Zona any more, which is what it was originally known after settlers arrived from the Panama Canal Zone almost a century ago. It's in Broward County, southwest of Fort Lauderdale, has 400 employees on the payroll, maintains fire and police departments and stages an annual downtown rodeo that continues to give the community a western flavor.
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November 8, 1997
BaseballAstros: Extended the contracts of manager Larry Dierker and general manager Gerry Hunsicker for one year through 1999. Named Harry Spillman roving minor-league field instructor and Ivan De Jesus roving minor-league, base-running instructor.Braves: Named Jeff Cox manager of Triple-A Richmond. Announced RHP Mike Bielecki (Dundalk) declined an outright assignment to Richmond and will be a free agent.Cardinals: Declined to exercise their 1998 option on 3B Scott Livingstone.Indians: Exercised their 1998 option on RHP Charles Nagy.
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By Susan Miller Degnan and Susan Miller Degnan,Knight-Ridder News Service | January 27, 1995
MIAMI -- Believe it or not, Jim O'Brien has kicked a game-winning field goal that gave him a bigger thrill than winning the fifth Super Bowl in January of 1971 with his 32-yarder that sailed through the uprights of the Orange Bowl with five seconds left in the game.O'Brien, now 47 and living in Thousand Oaks, Calif., gave the Baltimore Colts a 16-13 victory against the Dallas Cowboys in his very first year in the NFL. But he says college squeakers were more fun."My junior year at Cincinnati," explains O'Brien, "I kicked a 47-yard field goal against Miami of Ohio to win the game as time ran out. I'm not saying the Super Bowl kick wasn't neat, but in college it's neater because you know more people in the stands."
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