Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM)79 year quarterback Earl Morrall passed away at his son's home in Florida on Friday.
Morrall is considered one of the most successful athletes West Michigan has ever produced. He played for Muskegon High School, Michigan State University and NFL.
Long before he replaced injured quarterback Bob Griese and lead the Miami Dolphins to 11 victories and an undefeated season, Earl Morrall was a legend in Muskegon.
Harry Voss was one of Morrall's team mates at Muskegon High. "He was a natural leader, he took command of things. He was a very intelligent guy. People respected him and he was quite a fellow."
In 1951 Harry Voss and Earl Morrall helped the Muskegon High School football team win the state championship. "The biggest play I remember, we were having a tough game with Benton Harbor at Benton harbor and and Earl was never known as a runner but we needed something to happen," recalls Voss. "All of a sudden Earl took the ball on a keeper and in the end zone he went and he surprised us all actually."
After Muskegon, Morrall went to Michigan State and quarterbacked the Spartans to a Rose Bowl Championship."And beside that," Voss adds. "Earl led the nation in kicking and punting that year. I mean the guy could do a lot of things."
As a pro Morrall played for 6 teams, went to 3 super bowls and won 2. "He had it all. Had all kinds of success but he was a very unpretentious person. Just a really neat, neat guy."
After the NFL, Morrall coached quarterbacks at The University of Miami, but in recent years he was in poor health. His death followed a long illness