Byron "Bam" Morris (born January 13, 1972) is a former American football fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bam Morris
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Personal information
Born: (1972-01-13) January 13, 1972 (age 52)
Cooper, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Cooper
College:Texas Tech
NFL draft:1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,809
Rushing average:3.9
Receiving yards:790
Return yards:140
Total touchdowns:36
Player stats at · PFR ·

Early life edit

Morris attended Texas Tech University where he won the 1993 Doak Walker Award as the top running back in college football. Among other accomplishments while playing for the Red Raiders, Morris was ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game in 1993.[1] He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 91st overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft (3rd round). His older brother Ron Morris played for the Chicago Bears and collegiately at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Their older brother J.C. Morris played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU).[2]

Professional career edit

Morris was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft.[3] During his NFL career, he recorded 3,809 yards on 974 attempts and scored 35 touchdowns during 75 games. He also caught 103 passes for 790 yards and one touchdown. He was the leading rusher for the Steelers in their Super Bowl XXX loss to the Cowboys, gaining 73 yards on 19 carries.

Off-field issues edit

Morris has become more well known for his off-field legal troubles than his football prowess. On June 27, 1996, Morris pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana in a plea bargain deal in front of a Rockwall County, Texas judge. Police testified that they found 6 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. He was fined $7,000 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service and six years' probation.[4]

He was cut by the Steelers after the guilty plea and signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. After two seasons, both marked with suspensions concerning the NFL's substance abuse policy, Morris was released. He signed with the Chicago Bears the following year, but was cut after playing in only two regular season games. He then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Morris pleaded guilty in August 2001 to two counts of federal drug trafficking and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. As part of the plea bargain, Morris admitted to distributing more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in the Kansas City area between 1998 and 2000.[5]

On September 10, 2001, Morris was convicted of violating his parole stemming from his 1996 plea bargain and sentenced to 10 years in a Texas prison. He was released early on February 29, 2004.

He played arena football with the Katy Copperheads in 2006.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Vote in our poll: Byron Morris and Byron Hanspard". The Daily Toreador. April 2, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  2. ^ "Passing the Bucks". Texas Monthly. September 1983.
  3. ^ "1994 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  4. ^ Bradford, Chris. "Tough to a fault: Bam Morris' wild story 20 years after Super Bowl XXX". The Times. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "Bam Morris Pleads Guilty". CBS News. August 14, 2000.