Earl Morrall spent from 1965 to 1967 with the New York Giants. In these three years, Morrall did very little except back up Tom Kennedy in 1965 and Fran Tarkenton the following two years. He did hurt his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 1966. It was the first weekend of the 1966 season and Bill Austin’s debut as Head Coach for the Steelers. During Austin’s tenure, 1966 to 1968, Pittsburgh won only 11 games. Nevertheless, the 5-8-1 record in 1966 was a great improvement from 2-12 the year before. Earl Morrall on opening day ruined the Steelers’ chances of victory.
–In first quarter with no score, Earl threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to Homer Jones.
–Midway in the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh was leading the Giants 31 to 20. Steeler Punter Frank Lambert kicked a beauty that went out of bounds at the Giant one. A stop here meant a punt, good field position, and a chance put the game away. Instead Earl Morrall dropped back in the End Zone and threw a 99 yard touchdown pass Homer Jones.
–On the next series, defensive halfback Wendell Harris returned a fumble for touchdown and Steelers were behind 34 to 31.
–Late in the game, the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked a field goal and the final score was a 34 to 34 tie. For the fifth consecutive year, the Steelers failed to win on opening day. Earl Morrall and Homer Jones saw to that.