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For the running back, see Larry Morris (American football running back).
Larry Morris
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Date of birth: (1933-12-10)December 10, 1933
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of death: December 19, 2012(2012-12-19) (aged 79)
Place of death: Austell, Georgia[1]
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker/Center/Fullback
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 1/ Pick 7
Organizations
 As player:
1955-1957
1959-1965
1966
Los Angeles Rams
Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons
Career highlights and awards
Honors: NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com
College Football Hall of Fame

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 careerEdit

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.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

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.[4]

Health concernsEdit

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.[5] Morris died on December 19, 2012 from complications of dementia.[6]

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