Larry Morris

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Larry Morris
Larry Morris football card.jpg
No. 31, 33, 55
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1933-12-10)December 10, 1933
Atlanta
Died: December 19, 2012(2012-12-19) (aged 79)
Austell, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Decatur (GA)
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Larry Cleo Morris (December 10, 1933 – December 19, 2012) was an American football linebacker. The 1950 graduate of Decatur High School became an All-American at Georgia Tech before enjoying a successful career in the NFL. "The Brahma Bull" was named one of the linebackers on the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. A Decatur, Georgia native, he is one of the best players the state of Georgia has produced, a standout at the high school, college and pro levels.

College career[edit]

Morris was a four-year starter and a two-way player at center and linebacker positions for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Morris was also selected as three times first-team All-SEC and a team captain as a senior. He was a standout player during coach Bobby Dodd's most successful seasons at Georgia Tech. The Jackets had a 40-5-2 record over Morris’ four seasons, won two SEC titles, four bowl games and a share of the 1952 national championship with a 12-0 record. He may have played his best performance in his final game as a Yellow Jacket against rival Georgia in Athens on November 27, 1954. He played the entire game and was credited with 24 tackles as Tech beat the Bulldogs 7-3. He was later named to the All-SEC 25-year team spanning 1950–1974 and in 1992 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, one of 12 Tech players to be enshrined.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Morris was the seventh overall pick of the 1955 NFL draft. He enjoyed a successful NFL career and was named one of the linebackers on the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. Morris played 12 seasons total with the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons. He was the MVP of the 1963 NFL Championship Game for the Bears. In addition, he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons' first team in 1966.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Morris was married to Kay Wilder Morris. In addition to his wife, Morris is survived by his sons Britt, Chris and Shan; his daughter, Kayanne Staub.[4]

Savings & Loan crisis indictment[edit]

Morris was indicted and received probation during the Savings and loan crisis. As a licensed Atlanta real estate agent, two top corporate executives of First Mutual Savings in Pensacola, Florida, took illegal kickbacks causing his condos and rehabs loans to go bad.[5][6]

Health concerns[edit]

Morris was featured in an article in The Sporting News about former football players who suffer from head injuries that happened during their career. According to the article, Morris had little, if any, recollection of his playing days.[7][8]

Death[edit]

Larry Cleo Morris passed away on December 19, 2012. A native Atlantan, he spent his last few years, since 2009, under nursing home care, at Presbyterian Village, in the city of Austell, Georgia.[9] His brain was donated by his family to Boston University for the study of brain injuries associated with former professional football players.[10]

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