A Discussion of Journeyman Quarterbacks During the 1970s

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The term “journeyman quarterback” is an unmistakable term. It means simply a quarterback who goes from team to team, trying to help each team, as he tries his best to stay in the league. Some journeyman quarterbacks have played for a half dozen different teams, while others only play for two or three. I feel that a journeyman quarterback is one who can still play the game well enough, even if some teams don’t feel that he can, to the point of trading him to another team.

This edition of the Pigskin Past is a look back at some of the most noteworthy Journeyman Quarterbacks of the 1970s. I will try to break them down and briefly discuss them here. There was probably no better – or none who traveled more – than Earl Morrall. Before the decade of the 1970s, where Morrall helped both the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins to win Super Bowls, he had also previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Detroit Lions, and the New York Giants from 1956 to 1967. Six teams! Now that’s a journeyman.........

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PIgskin Past is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below.

The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade

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