|Born: January 5, 1947 |
|NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63|
|College: West Texas A&M|
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Eugene "Mercury" Morris (born January 5, 1947) is a former American football player who played running back in the American Football League in the 1960s and the NFL in the 1970s. A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the All-star game of the National Football League (NFL The 1972 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 23, 1972 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California. The 1973 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 21, 1973 at Texas Stadium in Irving Texas. The 1974 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 20, 1974 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. All-Pro is a term mostly used in the NFL for the best players of each position during that season Events 1477 - Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France. Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. Note There were three earlier and unrelated major American professional football leagues of the same name One in 1926, one in 1936-1937 and one in 1940-1941 He played in three Super Bowls. professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern He attended Avonworth High School in Pittsburgh. Morris attended West Texas A&M University from 1965 to 1969, where he was an All-American at tailback in 1967 and 1968. West Texas A&M University (also known as WTAMU, or WT, West Texas State) part of the Texas A&M University System, is a Public university Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. After college, he was picked in the third round of the 1969 AFL-NFL Common Draft by the AFL's Miami Dolphins. The Common Draft was the name given to the selection of college football players in a combined draft (for the years 1967 through 1969 by the American Football League (AFL and Note There were three earlier and unrelated major American professional football leagues of the same name One in 1926, one in 1936-1937 and one in 1940-1941 The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area.
Morris was selected for three Pro Bowls over his nine-year professional career. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the All-star game of the National Football League (NFL The majority of his playing days were spent with the Miami Dolphins which he helped lead to Super Bowl VI which they lost to a strong Dallas team, he earned Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII. Super Bowl VI was an American football game played on January 16, 1972, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans Louisiana to decide Super Bowl VII was an American football game played on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California Super Bowl VIII was an American football game played on January 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston Texas to decide the National That year, he ran for exactly 1,000 yds, becoming, with teammate Larry Csonka, the first 1,000-yard tandem in NFL history. Lawrence Richard Csonka (born December 25, 1946) is an American former collegiate and professional Running back in American football Morris was first thought to have finished with 991 yards, but the Dolphins asked the league to examine a play in which Morris fumbled a lateral. Morris was awarded the nine yards previously scored as lost on the play, giving him 1,000 yards for the season. Morris rushed for 954 yards the next season. Morris spent the last season of his career playing for the San Diego Chargers. The San Diego Chargers are a professional American football team based in San Diego California. He finished in the top five of the NFL in rushing touchdowns twice and total touchdowns once during his nine-year career.
In 1974, Morris co-starred as Bookie Garrett in the blaxploitation film The Black Six alongside other football stars of the day. Blaxploitation is a Film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many Exploitation films were made that targeted the urban
In 1982, Morris was convicted of cocaine trafficking. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Cocaine ( benzoylmethyl ecgonine) is a Crystalline Tropane Alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the Coca plant He was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment with a mandatory fifteen-year term. On March 6, 1986, his conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court because evidence Morris had offered to prove his entrapment defense had been excluded under a mistaken characterization as hearsay. Events 1079 - Omar Khayyám completes the Iranian calendar. 1454 - Thirteen Years' War: Delegates of Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) Entrapment is the act of a law enforcement agent in inducing a person to commit an offence which the person would not have or was unlikely to have otherwise committed Not to be confused with Heresy. Hearsay is a legal term referring to the use of out of court statements as evidence Morris was granted a new trial. He was able to reach a plea bargain with the prosecutor, resulting in his release from prison May 23, 1986, after having served three years. A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea) is an agreement in a Criminal case whereby the Prosecutor offers He later went on to a career as a motivational speaker. A motivational speaker is a professional speaker who makes speeches intending to lift up and motivate their audiences Towards the end of 2006, his name has come up in a commercial spot for a hair-treatment clinic, along with Wade Boggs. Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15 1958 in Omaha Nebraska) is a former Third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox
Throughout the 2007 NFL season, Morris has noted on several occasions for publicly criticizing how the New England Patriots' potential undefeated season is viewed and perceived among the media, particularly ESPN, in relation to the Miami Dolphins' undefeated 1972 season. The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston The 2007 New England Patriots season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 48th season overall ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to
Morris continued, referring to the possibility of the Patriots going undefeated:
On December 3, 2007, Morris appeared on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown along with former Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese. Events 1800 - War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French Monday Night Countdown, which debuted in 1993 on ESPN, is a television program featuring analysis and news on that night's NFL match to be broadcast Quarterback ( QB) is a position in American and Canadian football. Robert Allen Griese (Gree-see (born February 3, 1945 in Evansville Indiana) is a former American football Quarterback who earned On the prospect of the Patriots becoming the second undefeated team in NFL history, Morris said: "Don't go up there and now because you're two inches taller (referring to the two extra wins the Patriots would need to go undefeated in relation to the 1972 Dolphins). . . and say 'oh, now we're up here. ' No, you can be parked right beside us like Daytona, outside pole, otherwise known as number two. " And other quotes, such as: "When they win the Super Bowl, we can be like Mr. Rogers and welcome them to the neighborhood, but they still have to win four more games. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American Children's television series that was created and hosted by "
On December 5, 2007, Morris appeared on ESPN's Sportscenter and performed a rap about the 1972 Dolphins being the only team that has ever gone undefeated in an NFL season. Events 63 BC - Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations. SportsCenter is a daily Sports news Television show and the flagship program of American Cable network ESPN since the network Rapping (also known as emceeing, MCing, spitting, or just rhyming) is the Rhythmic spoken delivery of Rhymes wordplay and  Morris was on ESPN with Josh Elliott to discuss the New England Patriots' 12–0 record which, at the time, was five games short of matching the 1972 Dolphins' 17–0 combined regular season and post-season record. Josh Elliott is a sports journalist with ESPN. He currently co-anchors the live SportsCenter telecast from 900 a The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston In this appearance, Morris criticized the manner in which the Patriots try to "bury everybody every week 'cause [they] can do it. " Morris also vehemently repeated his argument of December 3 that even if the Patriots finish with a combined 19–0 record, two wins better than the Dolphins' 17–0 record, that not only should the Patriots' season not be considered better than the 1972 Dolphins' season, but also hinted at the idea that the Dolphins season should actually still be held in higher regard.
He also appeared more welcoming to the idea of the New England Patriots joining his Miami Dolphins as the only teams to complete a perfect NFL season, noting that for the first time, his Miami Dolphins would have someone to compare themselves to.  Morris also starred alongside several of his '72 Dolphins in a Reebok ad entitled "Perfectville", inspired by his statements earlier in the year. http://www.rbk.com/us/perfectville/
After the Patriots' loss in Super Bowl XLII, Mercury Morris said in an ESPN phone interview: "When this kid scored, a tear came to my eye because I'm emotional. You guys know you never see me like this. I'm very humbled at what the Giants were able to do as underdogs, realizing that on any given Sunday anyone can beat anyone else -- except in 1972. "