Earl Morall, Dolphins QB and Disc Golf Pioneer Passes Away at 79

Famous Miami Dolphins hero, Earl Morrall, hosted early disc golf tournament at Arrowhead Golf Course in Davie, FL


NAPLES – Earl Morrall, the famous backup to QB Johnny Unitas and Bob Griese, passed away this weekend at 79. He helped save the Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season when he stepped in as QB after Griese got injured.

Earl Morral, Don Shula. Bob Griese – Mark Foley, AP

What you may not know is that he was also a South Florida disc golf pioneer. Earl Morrall worked with the Amateur Golf Association and Arrowhead Golf Course (now known as Davie Golf and Country Club). He hosted the first Fort Lauderdale area disc golf tournament for charity in the late 1980s when disc golf was in its infancy. At the time of this disc golf tournament there were less than 7 disc golf courses in Florida, and maybe 300 courses worldwide (as noted in this Sport’s Illustrated article). Now there are over 4000.

This is the same guy that coached famous future NFL Quarterbacks like Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar and Vinny Testaverde at University of Miami. Earl Morrall is the same guy that ran for a seat in the Florida Legislature, was a mayor of Davie, and who was a disc golf pioneer. 

Earl Morrall probably did not know it at the time, but he was on the cutting edge of disc golf history. My condolences go out to his family.

Thanks Mr. Morrall for helping us Spread the Sport!


Disc owned by Bwana Bob of the Broward Disc Golf Association


Where was the tournament held? The Arrow Head Country Club!

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