The listed attendance at the Miami-San Diego playoff game on Jan. 2, 1982, was 73,735 at the Orange Bowl. With what Don Strock has been listening to for the past three decades, that figure sure seems like it would be a lot higher.
"Youd think there must have been 250,000 people there," Strock said of all those who have claimed to him that they were there that day.
That was the game in which Strock cemented his reputation as one of the best backup quarterbacks ever. He came off the bench for the Dolphins, throwing for 403 yards and overcoming a 24-0 deficit before they fell 41-38 in overtime.
Strock isnt the only legendary Dolphins backup quarterback. In 1972, Earl Morrall stepped in after Bob Griese broke his ankle in the fifth game. All Morrall did was lead the Dolphins to a 14-0 regular season, and the team would finish a perfect 17-0 after Griese returned during the playoffs.
Now, Morrall and Strock are rooting for the next backup quarterback hoping to etch his name into Dolp...