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Teddy Morris
Personal information
Date of birth: (1910-03-00)March , 1910
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario
Date of death: September 5, 1965(1965-09-05) (aged 55)
Place of death: Malton, Ontario[1][2]
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Allan Byron (Teddy) Morris (March 1910[3] - September 5, 1965[4]) was a Canadian Football Hall of Fame player and coach for the Toronto Argonauts.

Morris began playing Canadian football with Toronto playground teams and moved on to the Winnipeg Native Sons junior football team. Upon his return to Toronto he joined the Argonauts junior squad and quickly earned a spot on the senior team. He was a star player for the Argonauts for nine years and was named All-Eastern running back three times and flying wing twice and named the 1937 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy winner as the player who best exemplified skill, sportsmanship, and courage in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union.[5]

Morris' recovery of an Argonauts' punt blocked by Winnipeg's Bud Marquardt in the 25th Grey Cup is often cited as the first of the fabled "Argos Bounces" as it bounced off the field and right into Morris' hands preventing a Blue Bomber possession deep in Argos territory.[6][7]

In 1940, the year following his last game as a player, Morris began as a backfield coach for the Argonauts then, during IRFU's break from playing during the Second World War, coached the HMCS York Navy football team, and upon IRFU's return to play in 1945, became Argonauts head coach earning three consecutive Grey Cups from 1945 to 1947 and respect from fans and players alike.[1][5]

Awards, honours, and records


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Allan B. Morris". New York Times. 1965-09-06. Retrieved 2008-06-07. "Allan Byron (Teddy) Morris, who starred at Canadian football for Toronto Argonauts and later coached them to three successive Grey Cup championships died of a heart attack today at his farm home near here (Toronto)…"
  2. Stewart, John (2008-03-24). "Running into history". Retrieved 2008-06-07. "on the Sixth Line in Malton … sheep farm was located behind a store on Sixth Line … who owned the place … Alan Byron Morris, better known as Teddy Morris."
  3. 1911 Census of Canada. Government of Canada. pp. Ontario / Toronto East / 43 Toronto / page 10 / Line 48.
  4. "Teddy Morris Dies". The Washington Post. 1965-09-06. pp. D1. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Teddy Morris". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.,%20Teddy. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  6. "1937 – Toronto Argonauts 4, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3". Grey Cup History. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  7. Bell-Webster, Josh (2007-11-05). "Grey Cup returns to its roots". Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  8. "The Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy". Ontario Football Conference. Archived from the original on 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  9. "Championship All-Stars". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  10. Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. pp. 276. ISBN 978-0-9739425-2-1.
  11. "Ted Morris". Honoured members profile. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-06-08.