Sean Morey
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Sean Morey warms up in 2006
No. 81, 85, 87
Position:Wide receiver / Special teamer
Personal information
Born: (1976-02-26) February 26, 1976 (age 47)
Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Marshfield
NFL draft:1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:168
Receiving touchdowns:0
Return yards:358
Return touchdowns:0
Player stats at · PFR

Sean Joseph Morey (born February 26, 1976) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Brown Bears. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Morey also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. He won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks.

Early years

Morey graduated from Marshfield High School of Marshfield, Massachusetts in 1994. Because of his light weight, Morey did not receive a scholarship offer from his dream school Boston College and had a partial scholarship offer from Northeastern University, so he decided to attend Hebron Academy.[1] At Hebron, Morey led the football team to win the New England Prep School Class D Championship in 1994. He would win All-Evergreen League Team, Evergreen League MVP, and Class D New England Player of the Year while playing football for Hebron.[2][3] He played both wide receiver and defensive back while in high school.

College career

After graduating from Hebron Academy, he attended Brown University, where he finished with an Ivy League record 251 receptions for 3,850 yards and 40 touchdowns, and was voted Ivy League player of the year in 1997 — when he caught 74 passes for an Ivy League-record 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns.[4] Sean was one of seven Brown players selected as First-Team All-Ivy League in 1998, including Stephen Campbell (WR), Zack Burns (TE), Tim Hevesy (C), James Perry (QB), Alex Pittz (CB) and Ephraim "Fry" Wernick (DL).[5] Sean Morey finished his career second in all-time receiving yards in Division I-AA behind only Jerry Rice. After his college career, Sean was the first Brown player to have his number retired.[6] He also earned a degree with honors in organizational behavior and management.

Morey won the Ivy League Bushnell Cup in 1997.[7]

Professional career

New England Patriots

Morey was originally selected with the 35th pick of the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.[8] He remained with the Patriots until the end of the 2000 season, with the majority of his time being spent on the practice squad.

Philadelphia Eagles

In 2001 Morey joined the Philadelphia Eagles where he would become 2003 Special Teams MVP. That same year he was nominated for Dr. Z's (Sports Illustrated) All-Pro team as a special teams player. Also in 2003, Morey became the 12th player in NFL Europe history to catch 3 touchdown passes in a game while playing for the Barcelona Dragons.[9]

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers acquired Morey September 6, 2004 as an unrestricted free agent. He was captain of special teams for Pittsburgh. Morey's role for the Steelers was mostly special teams; he did not usually line up at wide receiver. In 2006, Morey's role expanded because of injuries to wide receivers Hines Ward and Cedrick Wilson. He finished the season with just 2 receptions (bringing his career total to 3), but also contributed with his blocking and with his work on special teams. He collected a team-high 21 special teams tackles while also returning eight kickoffs for 202 yards (25.3 yard avg.). In a Week 11 24-20 victory over the Browns, he had a 76-yard kickoff return.

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals signed Morey on March 15, 2007 to a three-year free agent contract. Morey rejoined ex-Steeler coaches Ken Whisenhunt (head coach), Russ Grimm (assistant head coach / offensive line) and Kevin Spencer (special teams) in Arizona.

The Cardinals released Morey on March 17, 2008, but re-signed him on March 26.

Morey blocked a punt in overtime against the Cowboys on October 12, 2008 that was run in by teammate, Monty Beisel, for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time in NFL history that a game was ended in overtime by a blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown.

Morey was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 as a special teamer.

Seattle Seahawks

Morey signed with the Seattle Seahawks on March 29, 2010. He never played a game for them, however, announcing his retirement due to concussions just hours before the start of training camp on July 31.[10]


In February 2014, Morey accepted the head coach position for the Sprint Football team at Princeton University. For the two previous years, he was a Department of Athletics Fellow for general administration at Princeton.[11] Princeton shut down the sprint football team after two seasons with Morey as coach; Morey failed to win a single game as coach of the Tigers, continuing a 16-year-long losing streak.[12]

Now, Morey is a high school football coach at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey as a Defensive Coordinator.

Concussion activism

In May 2014, Morey, along with a group of plaintiffs, filed a formal objection to the National Football League Players' Concussion Injury Litigation and Proposed Settlement being overseen by US District Court Judge Anita Brody. The objection sought to highlight what some players see as a narrow scope of the settlement, claiming, among other things, that "The settlement would have compensated only a small subset of [mild-traumatic-brain-injury-related] injuries to the exclusion of all others."[13][14]


His wife, Cara formerly played defense for the Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women's Hockey League in Ontario after starting at Brown in ice hockey and field hockey. His father, Dennis, was also a semi-pro football player with several teams, including the Brockton, MA Pros, his grandfather, Joe, and his great uncle, Dick, both have been inducted to the Bridgewater State Hall of Fame for basketball. He has three daughters, Devan, Kathryn "Kate", and Shea "Piper".

Morey was featured on an episode of the Canadian sports/comedy program Cabbie on the Street, where it was revealed he lives in Toronto during the offseason.[15] Morey appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" feature in the magazine's January 12, 1998 issue.

Morey and his wife Cara were featured in a November 2007 episode of the HGTV show Divine Design.[16]

In October 2010, Morey was named co-chair of the NFL Players Association's newly formed Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.[17] Morey suffered more than twenty concussions in his career. Morey's committee has two main goals: the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of concussions and traumatic brain injuries in active players and research into the long-term cumulative effects of such injuries on NFL players.

On January 31, 2014, Morey and his wife were interviewed about traumatic brain injury in football players by Melissa Block on NPR's "All Things Considered."[18]

See also


  1. ^ Whitehouse, Randy (January 21, 2005). "Hebron alum Morey stars on Steelers special teams". Lewiston Sun-Journal. pp. C1, C4.
  2. ^ Schroeder, Craig (Fall 2010). "The Morey story" (PDF). Brown Bear Magazine. pp. 12–15.
  3. ^ "Morey makes key play for Cardinals". Hebron Academy. October 13, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Faces In The Crowd," Sports Illustrated, January 12, 1998.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  6. ^ Quarter 4 of the "Celebrating 125 Years of Brown Football" exhibit
  7. ^ Koch, Bill (13 December 2021). "Ivy League names Brown QB EJ Perry the winner of the Bushnell Cup as top offensive player". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  8. ^ "1999 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-28.
  9. ^ Another record weekend April 21, 2003 NFL Europe press release.
  10. ^ "The Seattle Times | Local news, sports, business, politics, entertainment, travel, restaurants and opinion for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest".
  11. ^ "Sean Morey Named Princeton Sprint Football Head Coach", Princeton Athletic Communications , 4 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Princeton drops Sprint Football". 12 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Ex-players file motion to intervene in NFL concussion lawsuit", Fenno, Nathan. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2014.
  15. ^ "BOOING IN THE NFL". Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  16. ^ Decorating : Living Area : Sports Inspired Lounge : Home & Garden Television
  17. ^ "Helmet to Helmet".
  18. ^ "Sidelined by Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes with 'Desperation'".