Monday, April 7, 2008

Craig Morton

Craig Morton also joined the Ring of Fame in 1988. He also played for the Cowboys and the Giants in his career. He is remembered in Denver for leading the Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance.

Morton, who came to the Broncos through a trade with the New York Giants in 1977, was Denver's starting quarterback for most of the period from 1977-82 and led the team to its first Super Bowl berth in 1977, as he engineered the Broncos to a 12-2 regular season record and home playoff wins over Pittsburgh and arch-rival Oakland. Morton, who also starred with the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1970s, earned a variety of awards for his on-field performance in 1977, including AFC Most Valuable Player honors. During his career with Denver, he led the team to two divisional titles (1977-78). He ranks second in franchise history in total plays from scrimmage (1,693), total offense (12,355), pass attempts (1,594), completions (907), passing yards (11,895) and touchdown passes (74). His average gain per play figure of 7.30 is tied for first with fellow Ring of Fame quarterback Charley Johnson. Morton also once completed 16 consecutive passes in a game and once had a streak of nine consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Morton was a consensus All-American at the University of California, and he was also a baseball star for the Golden Bears.

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