Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bear Down Sunday #16

The Chicago Bears are finishing a disappointing season today with a game against the Detroit Lions, who at 2-13 are improved over last season's 0-16 mark. The Bears took a step backwards from last season and now stand at 6-9. Both teams have exciting young quarterbacks. Today I am featuring a former Lions quarterback, who made his name as a great backup.
In 21 seasons in the NFL, Morrall started every game in a regular season just twice, earning him the title of the greatest backup quarterback ever. Despite that title, Morrall had plenty of moments to shine. He was a two time Pro Bowl selection, three time Super Bowl champion, the 1972 Comeback Player of the Year and the 1968 MVP. When Morrall retired after the 1976 season, he was the oldest QB ever to start and win an NFL game. Doug Flutie and Vinny Testaverde have since eclipsed Morrall's record.
When I met Morrall at the Ultimate Collectibles Show he was as polite and gracious as any star I have ever met. I mentioned his card was in the first pack of football cards I ever bought. He was surprised that I remembered. Later, I walked past Morrall in the lobby area and he went out of his way to greet me again and thanked me for stopping by to see him. What a class act.
Earl Morrall and me in Oaks, PA-October 2009.

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