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Craig Morton
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
7, 14, 15
Born February 5, 1943 (1943-02-05) (age 66)
Flint, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 19651982
NFL Draft 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
AFL Draft 1965 / Round: 10 / Pick: 75
(By the Oakland Raiders)
College California
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 183-187
Yards 27,908
QB Rating 73.5
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943 in Flint, Michigan) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for 18 seasons, 1965-82. Morton played for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos; he played college football at the University of California.

Morton was the first quarterback in NFL history to start the Super Bowl for two different teams (Dallas in 1970 and Denver in 1977), a feat that has only been equaled by Kurt Warner.[1]

Following his playing career, Morton served as head coach of the USFL's Denver Gold.

Morton was a downfield passer not known for his mobility, and is one of the all time leaders in yards per completion. He also briefly held the record for the most passes completed in a row.

Morton's best statistical season came in his 17th season (1981) when he threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, compiling an excellent 90.5 passer rating. Craig was selected All-AFC after the 1977 season by The Sporting News.

In his senior season (1964), Morton was awarded the 1960 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast and was an All-American at Cal. He was drafted by Dallas in the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Morton is a notable graduate of Campbell High School in Campbell, California.

Morton is currently a voter in the Harris Interactive College Poll, a component of college football's Bowl Championship Series. He was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988.

  • Although Roger Staubach replaced Morton for the Dallas Cowboys in 1971 and would go on to great success, Morton played seven more NFL seasons than Staubach. The Cowboy teammates graduated college the same year, but Staubach began his NFL career four years later due to his active service in the U.S. Navy, and he chose to retire after the 1979 season, while Morton played for three more seasons.
  • Morton wore number 7 for the Broncos, and retired just before the arrival of John Elway in 1983, who, of course, wore the same number and has had it since retired in his honor. Both players are honored in the Broncos Ring of Fame with number 7 next to both player's names.
  • In 2008, Morton co-authored a book (with Denver Post writer Adrian Dater) entitled "Then Morton Said to Elway..." - The Best Denver Broncos Stories Ever Told. The book was published by Triumph Books.

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Career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Passing Rushing
Att Comp Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
1965 DAL 34 17 173 2 4 3 -8 -2.67 0
1966 DAL 27 13 225 3 1 7 50 7.14 0
1967 DAL 137 69 978 10 10 15 42 2.8 0
1968 DAL 85 44 752 4 6 4 28 7 2
1969 DAL 302 162 2619 21 15 16 62 3.88 1
1970 DAL 207 102 1819 15 7 16 37 2.31 0
1971 DAL 143 78 1131 7 8 4 9 2.25 1
1972 DAL 339 185 2396 15 21 8 26 3.25 2
1973 DAL 32 13 174 3 1 1 0 0 0
1974 DAL 2 2 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
1974 NYG 237 122 1510 9 13 4 5 1.25 0
1975 NYG 363 186 2359 11 16 22 72 3.27 0
1976 NYG 284 153 1865 9 20 15 48 3.2 0
1977 DEN 254 131 1929 14 8 31 125 4.03 4
1978 DEN 267 146 1802 11 8 17 71 4.18 0
1979 DEN 370 204 2626 16 19 23 13 0.57 1
1980 DEN 301 183 2150 12 13 21 29 1.38 1
1981 DEN 376 225 3195 21 14 8 18 2.25 0
1982 DEN 26 18 193 0 3 1 0 0 0
Total 3786 2053 27908 183 187 215 627 2.92 12

Playoffs

*Super Bowl
Year Team Opp Result Comp Att Yds TD Int Rusing Att Yds TD
1969 Dallas Cleveland L, 14-38 8 24 95 0 2 -- -- --
1970 Dallas Detroit W, 5-0 4 18 38 0 1 -- -- --
1970 Dallas San Francisco W, 17-10 7 22 101 1 0 -- -- --
*1970 Dallas Baltimore L, 13-16 12 26 127 1 3 1 2 0
1972 Dallas San Francisco W, 30-28 8 21 96 1 2 -- -- --
1972 Dallas Washington L, 3-26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1977 Denver Pittsburgh W, 34-21 11 23 164 2 0 5 0 0
1977 Denver Oakland W, 20-17 10 20 224 2 1 2 -4 0
*1977 Denver Dallas L, 10-27 4 15 39 0 4 0 0 0
1978 Denver Pittsburgh L, 10-33 3 5 34 0 0 0 0 0
1979 Denver Houston L, 7-13 14 27 144 1 1 2 0 0

References

Preceded by
Don Meredith
Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterbacks
1969-1970
Succeeded by
Roger Staubach
Preceded by
Norm Snead
New York Giants Starting Quarterbacks
1974-76
Succeeded by
Joe Pisarcik
Preceded by
Steve Ramsey
Denver Broncos Starting Quarterbacks
1977-1982
Succeeded by
Steve DeBerg
Preceded by
Greg Landry
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
1977
Succeeded by
John Riggins







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