Report: Former QB Earl Morrall also had CTE

The Detroit News

Former Michigan State standout and NFL quarterback Earl Morrall had Stage 4 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family confirmed, according to a New York Times report.

Earl Morrall

Morrall died in April 2014 at age 79 from complications due to Parkinson's, according to reports.

Morrall starred at MSU in the mid-1950s, earning All-America honors, before being drafted by the 49ers in 1956. He played 21 NFL seasons, including with the Lions from 1959 to 1964.

He started all 14 games on the 1968 Super Bowl Baltimore Colts team and started nine games on the 1972 14-0 Miami Dolphins team.

The news comes after it was revealed Wednesday former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler also had CTE, which is a degenerative brain disease believed caused by repeated blows to the head.