In the first of those Super Bowls, the Colts lost to the Jets in a game known for Jets quarterback Joe Namath’s “guarantee” of a victory for his team. The Colts defeated the Cowboys in the Super Bowl in January 1971.
Most of the passes Orr caught while with the Colts came from the arm of NFL legend Johnny Unitas, but for all his success in the NFL, Orr also is known for a pass he didn’t catch.
In the Super Bowl against the Jets, the Colts called a “flea flicker” play at the Jets 42-yard line while trailing 7-0 late in the first half. Quarterback Earl Morrall handed the ball to running back Tom Matte, who ran several yards to his right and then stopped and threw back to Morrall.
From there, Morrall was supposed to throw to Orr. In the heat of the moment, Morrall didn’t see Orr, who was alone down the left sideline inside the 10-yard line. No Jets player was even close, and Orr was frantically waving his arms trying to get Morrall’s attention.
Morrall, however, never spotted Orr, so he chose to throw the ball deep in the middle of the field to his fullback. The pass was intercepted, and the Jets went on to a 16-7 victory.