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Joe Morris
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Morris in 2014
No. 20, 47
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1960-09-15) September 15, 1960 (age 63)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Ayer
(Ayer, Massachusetts)
College:Syracuse
NFL draft:1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:5,585
Average:4.0
Touchdowns:50
Player stats at PFR

Joseph Edward Morris (born September 15, 1960) is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1982 to 1988. Initially noted for his diminutive stature — 5' 7", Morris was a key member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXI in 1987. He rushed for 67 yards, caught four passes for 20 yards, and scored a touchdown in the game.

College career

While playing scholastic sports at Ayer High School in Ayer, Massachusetts, Morris was an All-State in two sports. Morris was a four-year starter at Syracuse University in upstate New York. At Syracuse, Morris set all of the all-time rushing records rushing for 4,229 yards in his four seasons surpassing former greats such as Jim Brown, Larry Csonka and Floyd Little.[1] An All-American choice by his senior year, he was selected to play in the Blue–Gray, East–West Shrine and Senior Bowl games before signing on with the New York Giants. Morris was also co-captain with Ike Bogosian, father of NHL player Zach Bogosian.

Professional career

Morris was the New York Giants' second round pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, and quickly outshined their first round pick, University of Michigan back Butch Woolfolk. As a rookie with the Giants in 1982, Morris scored a touchdown on his very first rushing attempt; a prelude of what was to come for this powerful running back. In 1985, he rushed for 1,336 yards and a league leading 21 touchdowns, and rushed for 141 yards in their 17–3 postseason win over the San Francisco 49ers. Morris was a key member of the '86 Giants Super Bowl championship team rushing his way to a 1,000 yard season. He went on to add two more 1,000 plus yard rushing seasons, moving past Alex Webster as the all-time Giants leader.

In the Giants' march to the Lombardi Trophy, Morris rushed for 313 yards in three playoff games including a 159-yard, two touchdown performance against the San Francisco 49ers. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in '85 and '86 seasons and also received All-NFL Honors for his performance those two years. Towards the end of the 1988 season, he totaled 1,318 attempts, 5,296 yards and 48 touchdowns for the New York Giants. He didn't play the 1989 season because of an injured foot and a dispute with the team. He sat out the 1990 season. With the Cleveland Browns in 1991, he ran for 289 yards. He was waived by the Browns in September 1992 before the season started. He finished his NFL career with 5,585 rushing yards, 111 receptions for 960 yards, and 52 touchdowns.

Giants Franchise Records

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Joe Morris held at least 19 Giants franchise records, most related to his prolific post-season career with the club. These records include:

NFL career statistics

Legend
Super Bowl champion
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Y/G Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum FR
1982 NYG 5 0 15 48 3.2 9.6 7 1 8 34 4.3 13 0 1 1
1983 NYG 15 0 35 145 4.1 9.7 16 0 2 1 0.5 6 1 2 1
1984 NYG 16 8 133 510 3.8 31.9 28 4 12 124 10.3 26 0 1 0
1985 NYG 16 16 294 1,336 4.5 83.5 65 21 22 212 9.6 17 0 6 2
1986 NYG 15 15 341 1,516 4.4 101.1 54 14 21 233 11.1 23 1 6 2
1987 NYG 11 10 193 658 3.4 59.8 34 3 11 114 10.4 25 0 2 0
1988 NYG 16 15 307 1,083 3.5 67.7 27 5 22 166 7.5 24 0 7 1
1991 CLE 16 4 93 289 3.1 18.1 15 2 13 76 5.8 13 0 2 1
Career 110 68 1,411 5,585 4.0 50.8 65 50 111 960 8.6 26 2 27 8

After football

Morris now works in real estate and insurance. He resides in New Jersey with his two children. He was also a part owner of the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League, along with fellow ex-Giants Carl Banks and Harry Carson.

Family

Morris had two younger brothers follow him to Syracuse University. Mike was a wide receiver and Larry was a running back. Morris' youngest brother, Jamie Morris set the all-time rushing records at the University of Michigan.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Fearsome Foursome".