|Morgan State Bears football|
|Head coach||Damon Wilson |
1st season, 0–1 (.000)
|Past conferences||CIAA (1929–1970)|
|All-time record||448–444–38 (.502)|
|Bowl record||2–3 (.400)|
|Colors||Blue and orange|
The Morgan State Bears football team competes in American football on behalf of Morgan State University. The Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, currently as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Bears play their home games at Hughes Stadium, a 10,000 seat facility in Baltimore, Maryland.
Morgan State began playing football in 1898, 31 years after the school was founded. The team's all-time record is 405 wins, 379 losses and 38 ties. 173 of those wins came between 1929 and 1959 when Edward P. Hurt was the head coach and the Bears won 14 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championships. Earl Banks won four CIAA championships during the 1960s and an additional championship in 1971 after Morgan entered the MEAC. The Bears have won three MEAC Championships (1976, 1979 and 2014).
|Edward P. Hurt|
|CIAA||1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1956|
|CIAA||1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968|
|MEAC||1971, 1976 (Co-Champs), 1979, 2014 (Co-Champs)|
Morgan State and Howard participate in the Howard–Morgan State football rivalry.
Towson University and Morgan State share a rivalry called The Battle for Greater Baltimore.
The Bears have made one appearance in the Division I-AA/FCS playoffs, with a combined record of 0-1.
|2014||First Round||Richmond||L 24–46|
The Bears made one appearance in the Division II playoffs, with a combined record of 0-1.
|1979||Quarterfinals||Alabama A&M||L, 7–27|
|Dr. John Camper||1920–1923||3||14||1|
|Jim F. Law||1924–1925||6||3||2|
|Dr. Charles R. Drew||1926–1927||8||2||2|
|Ernest T. Jones||2018||4||7||0|
Coach Eddie P. Hurt took over the Morgan Bears football team in 1929, the next year his teams won the first of the 14 CIAA championships they would win with him at the helm. More importantly, Hurt, and his assistant coach Talmadge L. Hill, built a program that allowed black athletes to show case their talents where such a venue had been non-existent before. From 1931 to 1938, Hurt coached the Bears to a 54-game win streak without a single loss. During his tenure, Morgan's football teams completed 11 seasons undefeated and, in the 1943 season, opponents failed to score a single point against the Bears. Hurt is a member of the HBCU coaches Hall of Fame  and in 1952 Morgan named its new $1 million gymnasium facility after him.
Earl Banks succeeded Hurt and took Morgan football to the next level. Banks was the Head coach from 1960 to 1973. He coached the Bears to a 31-game winning streak, three unbeaten regular seasons, four CIAA titles, a MEAC championship, and four bowl games. Twice during his tenure, Morgan led the nation in total defense. 35 of Bank's players went on to play in the NFL, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Leroy Kelly and Willie Lanier; two more players played professional ball in the CFL. Banks was inducted into five sports Halls of Fame including the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Two Coaches have had winning records at Morgan since the departure of Banks at the end of the 1973 season. The Bears had suffered 23 straight seasons with a losing record until the arrival of former Coach Donald Hill-Eley whose first team had a 7–5 record in the 2002 season. Lee Hull was named head coach on January 8, 2014 and his first team went 7–5 and won a share of the MEAC championship and also played in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Fifty three former Morgan players have gone on to play professional football. Thirty nine players went to the NFL, eight to the CFL, three to the WFL and one each to the AAFC, the Arena Football League and the AIFA. At least one player has gone to the NFL every decade since 1950 from Morgan State.
Former Morgan Bears Len Ford, Leroy Kelly, Willie Lanier and Rosey Brown are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
|Elmore Harris||RB||AAFC||Brooklyn Dodgers||1947|||
|Len Ford †||DE||NFL||Cleveland Browns||1950|
|Charlie Robinson||G||NFL||Pittsburgh Steelers||1951|||
|Rosey Brown †||OT||NFL||New York Giants||1952|||
|Oliver Dobbins||DB||NFL||Buffalo Bills||1964|||
|Leroy Kelly †||RB||NFL||Cleveland Browns||1964|||
|Willie Lanier †||LB||NFL||Kansas City Chiefs||1966|||
|Tom Carr||DT||NFL||New Orleans Saints||1967|||
|Carlton Dabney||DT||NFL||Atlanta Falcons||1968|||
|Daryl Johnson||CB||NFL||Boston Patriots||1968|||
|Alvin Mitchell||CB||NFL||Cleveland Browns||1968|||
|Jeff Queen||LB||NFL||San Diego Chargers||1969|||
|Clarence Scott||CB||NFL||Boston Patriots||1968|||
|Bob Wade||CB||NFL||Pittsburgh Steelers||1969|||
|George Nock||RB||NFL||New York Jets||1969|||
|John "Frenchy" Fuqua||RB||NFL||Pittsburgh Steelers||1969|||
|Raymond Chester||TE||NFL||Oakland Raiders||1970|
|Ed Hayes||S||NFL||Philadelphia Eagles||1970|||
|Mark Washington||CB||NFL||Dallas Cowboys||1970|||
|Willie Germany||S||NFL||Atlanta Falcons||1972|||
|Ara "Sonny" Person||TE||NFL||St. Louis Cardinals||1971|||
|RB||NFL||San Diego Chargers||1972|||
|John "Tiny" Andrews||DE||NFL||Miami Dolphins||1972|||
|Maurice Tyler||CB||NFL||Buffalo Bills||1972|||
|Ron Mayo||TE||NFL||Houston Oilers||1973|||
|Stan Cherry||LB||NFL||Baltimore Colts||1973|||
|Mike Collier||RB||NFL||Pittsburgh Steelers||1975|||
|Bobby Hammond||RB||NFL||New York Giants||1976|||
|Tim Baylor||S||NFL||Baltimore Colts||1976|||
|Elvis Franks||DE||NFL||Cleveland Browns||1980|
|Mike Holston||WR||NFL||Houston Oilers||1981|||
|Cornell Gowdy||CB||NFL||Dallas Cowboys||1986|||
|Kelvin Moore||S||NFL||Cincinnati Bengals||1998|||
|Willie Jones||DT||NFL||Kansas City Chiefs||2001|||
|Visanthe Shiancoe||TE||NFL||Minnesota Vikings||2003|||
|Cliff Johnson||DB||NFL||Detroit Lions||2005|||
|Cliff Louis||OT||NFL||Cleveland Browns||2007|||
|Chad Simpson||RB||NFL||Indianapolis Colts||2007|||
|Joshua Miles||OT||NFL||Arizona Cardinals||2019|||
|† Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
The arrival of the black athlete on the national sports scene in the 1940s and 50s goes directly back to Edward P. Hurt. There is not a single black sports figure in the world today who is not in some small way in the debt of Coach Hurt.