Earl Morrall | On and off the field

  • FILE - This is a 1972 file photo showing Miami Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall. Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died at age 79. The Dolphins confirmed Morrall's death Friday, April 25, 2014. Anonymous / AP

  • Earl Morrall signs a Dolphins helmet during South Florida’s Premier Sports Collecting Event “Sportacular 2011” on Sunday Sept. 4, 2011 at Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Fort Lauderdale. ANDREW ULOZA / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Earl Morrall poses for a picture with a 1972 photo of himself when he was a Miami Dolphins player during South Florida’s Premier Sports Collecting Event “Sportacular 2011” on Sunday Sept. 4, 2011 at Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Fort Lauderdale. ANDREW ULOZA / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1973 file photo, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, left, talks with quarterback Earl Morrall during a practice session in Long Beach, Calif. Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died at age 79. The Dolphins confirmed Morrall's death Friday, April 25, 2014. Anonymous / AP

  • Former Dolphins teammates Earl Morrall, Larry Little and Jim Mandich appear at the Celebrity Party & Auction during the Canon Florida Classic hosted by the Nat Moore Foundation at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 11, 2008. AMY GLANZMAN / FREELANCER

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 1960 file photo, Detroit Lions fullback Nick Pietrosante (33) and quarterback Earl Morrall smile in the dressing room after beating the Chicago Bears 36-0, in Detroit. Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died at age 79. The Dolphins confirmed Morrall's death Friday, April 25, 2014. PS / AP

  • Former Dolphins players Earl Morrall, left, and Dick Anderson are shown a “Farewell to the Orange Bowl Stadium” event on Jan. 26, 2008. Al Diaz / Miami Herald / Miami Herald Staff

  • Earl Morrall, former Miami Dolphins quarterback during the Perfect Season, leans in a modified huddle with two of his grandchildren, Shannon Morrall, 4, center, and Jayme Morrall, 7, outside his Davie home on May 23, 1998. The town of Davie renamed a portion of Nova Drive “Earl Morrall Pass” in recognition of Morrall, a former town mayor and council member. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula poses with quarterbacks Earl Morrall and Bob Griese on Jan. 3, 1973 in Miami. MARK FOLEY / AP

  • Earl Morrall is shown with Boys & Girls Club Director Matt Organ on Dec. 26, 2002. SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

  • Former Dolphins Earl Morrall, Manny Fernandez and Larry Csonka greet each other at Shula’s Steak House in Miami Lakes on May 11, 1999. Charles Trainor Jr. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The 1972 Dolphins quarterbacks Earl Morrall, left, and Bob Griese, right, clown around while autographing a football. Morrall started several games during the '72 season after Griese was injured. Miami Dolphin teammates from the 1972 perfect season gathered at the Doral Country Club and Spa to play golf on Dec. 14, 2007. John VanBeekum / Miami Herald Staff

  • FILe - This Jan. 6, 1969 file photo shows Baltimore Colts quarterbacks Johnny Unitas, left, and Earl Morrall in Boca Raton, Fla. Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died at age 79. The Dolphins confirmed Morrall's death Friday, April 25, 2014. AP

  • Former NFL quarterback Earl Morrall played for several teams, including the Dolphins, Colts, Giants and Lions. FILE PHOTO

  • Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall helped the team go undefeated during the 1972 season after Bob Griese got injured. He was 38 years old that season. FILE PHOTO

  • Former Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall’s football card.

  • Former Dolphins coach Don Shula hugs ex-quarterback Earl Morrall before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium (then Dolphin Stadium) on Dec. 16, 2007. The team celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Perfect Season that year. Joe Rimkus Jr. / MIAMI HERALD

  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall hands off the ball to Larry Csonka during a game against the New York Jets at the Orange Bowl on Nov 19, 1972. Miami won 28-24. Malcolm Emmons / US PRESSWIRE

  • FILE - This Dec. 15, 1968 photo provided by NFL Photos shows Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall (15) throwing a pass during the Colts 28-24 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, California. NFL / AP

  • Former quarterback Earl Morrall lifts the cover off of his Walk of Fame plaque before the game with the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Dec. 16, 2012. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • FILE - This 1966 photo provided by NFL Photos shows New York Giants quarterback Earl Morrall. Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died at age 79. The Dolphins confirmed Morrall's death Friday, April 25, 2014. NFL / AP

  • Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall gets ready to release the football down field during Super Bowl III against the New York Jets on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. AP