|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1933|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 2012|
Professional Football Player. For eleven seasons (1955 to 1957 and 1959 to 1965), he played at the linebacker, fullback and halfback positions in the National Football League with then Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. Born Lawrence Cleo Morris, he attended Boys High School in Georgia and Georgia Tech University. While with the Yellow Jackets, he lettered in baseball and football. In the latter, Morris distinguished himself as he earned All-American status and was a two-time All-Conference honoree while playing the linebacker position. During his years at Georgia Tech, his teams were participants in the Cotton, Sugar and Orange Bowls. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Management from the school. He was selected by the Rams during the 1st-round (7th overall pick) during the 1955 NFL Draft and appeared in 124 regular season games. Morris may perhaps be best remembered for his play-making during the 1963 NFL Title Game, in which he delivered a blow to the knee of Giants' quarterback Y.A. Tittle causing detrimental results. Additionally, he intercepted a pass from the Giants' quarterback and ran it back for which set up a Bears' touchdown. His efforts earned him Game MVP honors as the Bears captured the league championship. He concluded his career with his hometown team the Atlanta Falcons and had the distinction of being on their roster during their NFL inaugural year of 1966. After retiring from football he had a fruitful career within the insurance and real estate industries. Additionally, he was a participant in the political arena as he served a term in the Georgia State Legislature. Morris was named to the Georgia Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1959 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He died of complications from dementia after many years of declining health. His condition was attributed to his football career. Following Morris' death, his family donated his brain to Boston University for research to determine the affects from football on former players. (bio by: C.S.)
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