Craig Morton
Craig Morton played his college football at the University of California, Berkeley. He has since been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After his college career was complete, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Morton with the fifth overall pick of the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft.
 

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Craig Morton

Player Info

Height 6' 4"
Weight 214 lbs
DOB: 2/5/1943
Quarterback

Statistics

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NFL Draft

1965/Round 1/Pick 5

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Career Highlights

Honors

1977 Comeback Player Of The Year
Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

Team(s) As A Player

Dallas Cowboys 1965-1974
New York Giants 1974-1976
Denver Broncos
1977-1982

 Craig Morton Sets Dallas Cowboys Record

Craig Morton became the fulltime starter for the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and had a fine season. He threw 21 touchdown passes and only 15 interceptions and let the Cowboys to the playoffs. Dallas got blown out by the Cleveland Browns.

In 1970, the Dallas Cowboys played against the Houston Oilers. Craig Morton had a career day, tossing a Cowboys record tying five touchdown passes, four of them to speedster Bob Hayes. He was 13 of 17 for 349 yards. “I threw the ball better than I can remember,” said Morton amid a mob of reporters in the victorious Dallas dressing room “Of course, one of the reasons I was able to-throw so effectively was the pressure put on Houston by our running game. That was the difference. And Bob (Hayes) and Reggie (Rueker) helped too.” (3) The Cowboys ran for 208 yards on the day and won the game 52 to 10.

Morton Loses out to Staubach

During the 1970 season, Craig Morton led the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl to play against the Baltimore Colts. Unfortunately for Morton, the Cowboys lost, and he lost his grip on the starting quarterback job shortly after.

Craig Morton and Roger Staubach would alternate plays until Roger finally won the job. Morton was out and on his way to play for the New York Giants.

Craig Morton Takes Denver to Super Bowl

In 1977, Craig Morton joined the Denver Broncos. It was a magical season as the Broncos were led by the great running of Otis Armstrong and the tough Orange Crush Defense. Morton had a fantastic season, teaming up with Haven Moses in the passing game, leading the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl to play his former team the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, the Doomsday Defense smothered Morton and forced the Broncos into a record 8 turnovers as the Broncos lost 27-10. People joked afterwards that Craig Morton finally won a Super Bowl for the Cowboys, and he wasn’t even on the team.

Craig Morton Completion Percentage Records

On September 27, 1981, Craig Morton had a day for the ages. The Denver Broncos were playing against Dan Fouts and the high powered San Diego Chargers. Morton put his arm on display for the league to see, completing a staggering 17 of 18 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, two of them going to new star receiver Steve Watson (93 & 19 yards), one to Riley Odoms, and the other to Jim Wright. When Morton left the game with 8:52 to play in the third quarter, the Broncos led 35-0 and went on to win 42-24. Morton’s 94.4% completion percentage for a game would be an NFL record, but he didn’t have 20 attempts to qualify.

“This is one of the best games I've ever played.” said Morton “We had a couple of long drives, and we were lucky enough to get a couple of breaks You have to be happy any time you score 42 points on San Diego.”

“Craig did a good job, and he also had great protection,” said Denver Coach Dan Reeves “If you give him enough time, he can do a super job.” (2)

Craig Morton’s Career

Overall Craig Morton was a good NFL quarterback who played for 18 seasons. He played well when the protection was good, but lacked the mobility to make plays when the pocket broke down. For his career, he completed 2053 of 3786 passes (54.2%) for 27908 yards with 183 TD passes and 187 INT’s. He also ran 215 times for 627 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Morton played for three teams, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos.

By A. Goodin
20Yardline.com

Craig Morton Biography Sources

(1)  Craig Crushes Chiefs to Give Broncos AFC Title (1978, December 11) Atchison Daily Globe

(2)  Morton passes Broncos over San Diego (1981, September 28) Gettysburg Times

(3)  Morton-Hayes Duo Clicks (1970, December 21) Denton Record-Chronicle