Niners Draft History – 1956


The Niners drafted Earl Morrall with the 2nd overall pick of the 1956 NFL Draft. Morrall was a quarteback from Michigan State. But, he did not get to fully showcase his skills to the 49ers since he only played one season with the team. He started four games during his rookie campaign in which he went 1-3 while passing for 621 yards 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions. Morrall also punted 45 times covering 37.9 yards per punt. He would go on to play for Pittsburgh the following year, his 2nd of 6 teams he played for over 21 seasons. After making the Pro Bowl team in 1957, and playing 14 games for the Steelers, he moved on to Detroit and for 7 seasons and to the New York Giants for 3 seasons, where he posted a starting record of 23-23-2 as a starter for both teams. In 1968, he would go on to Baltimore and played extremely well as he would go 13-1 while pasing for 26 touchdowns and making his second and final Pro-Bowl appearance, and the first of two All-Pro selections. His subsequent season win Baltimore were rather quiet. In 1972, he moved on to the Dolphins, which helped him receive the title of “the greatest backup quarterback in NFL history.” 1972 was a special season because it is the season in which the Dolphins went perfect and won the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback at the helm. Morrall would play 4 more seasons with the Dolphins and retire in 1977. Overall, he finished his career throwing for 20,809 yards with 161 touchdowns and 148 interceptions.

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