Mercury Morris
Player of American football
Mercury Morris
Eugene Edward "Mercury" Morris, is a former American football player, nicknamed early on for his mercurial quickness when running with the ball. Morris was a running back and kick returner for seven years, playing mostly for the Miami Dolphins (at first, in the American Football League, then, in the American Football Conference following the 1969 merger with the NFL).
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Mercury Morris isn't impressed with Panthers' 12-0 record
LATimes - about 1 year
The Carolina Panthers are four wins away from an undefeated regular season and seven away from a Super Bowl championship and the first 19-0 season in NFL history. Sounds like it's about time to check in with Mercury Morris, the unofficial spokesperson for the 1972 Dolphins team that finished the...
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NFL Week 9: Nick Foles, Elite Quarterback? And Other Mid-Season Surprises
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The NFL crossed its midpoint with its fair share of drama. A quarterback who is not named Brady, Brees, Manning or Rodgers went full Madden to throw seven touchdowns, while elsewhere one of the league's best teams nearly lost to one of the league's worst. And the only team that remains undefeated won only two games last season (which probably has Mercury Morris and the rest of the '72 Miami Dolphins breathing a tad easier). Here are five of the top story-lines from this week's slate: 1) Luck Unstuck No quarterback has more game-winning drives in his first two seasons during the Super Bowl era than Indianapolis' Andrew Luck. That number is now 10, to be exact. After a brutal first half Sunday night in which he completed just three passes, Luck brought the Colts back to a 27-24 win in Houston by tossing three touchdown passes. And this without the league's leading third-down target, receiver Reggie Wayne, who will miss the rest of the year. Luck recently told HuffPost that he is simp ...
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Mercury Morris says Packers would be invited to share 1972 Dolphins' champagne toast if they finish 19-0
620 WTMJ - over 5 years
If the Packers finish the 2011 campaign with a 19-0 record and a Super Bowl championship, an often-outspoken running back from the undefeated 1972 Dolphins says he would invite the current Packers and his former teammates to clink champagne glasses in shared celebration.
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Southwest Pennsylvania: Breeding Ground for the NCAA and NFL - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
... who was selected to three Pro Bowls and rushed for 1000 yards twice in his NFL career; Cookie Gilchrist, an AFL leading rusher and first AFL player to rush for over 1000 yards and was league MVP; Mercury Morris, a 1000-yard rusher in the NFL;
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Dolphins Seek Running Back Help, Sign Larry Johnson - Latest Sports News
Google News - over 5 years
The days of Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka are long since forgotten except in the minds of diehard football fans and well versed Dolphin aficionados. Miami has all of eleven 1000 yard rushing seasons by an individual in their franchise
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Basically, he is outta sight - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Tell Mercury Morris and friends to put away the champagne. Even though the Seahawks, Jets, Ravens, Packers, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals, Colts, Vikings, Eagles, Chargers, and Giants have all won playoff games in the four years since the
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Reggie Bush runs at the speed of hope - Sun-Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Mercury Morris could run like this. But never had these hands. On one run up the middle, Bush ran into traffic, shuffle-stepped right, darted around end and was run out of bounds by the Dolphins bench 20 yards later. Coach Tony Sparano was so excited
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Run the ball, repeat - Boone County Journal
Google News - over 5 years
VanDeZande points out that when the Dolphins were undefeated years ago, offenses were pretty sure that running back Mercury Morris would run the ball on every set of downs. "But since he had a guy named Larry Little blocking for him, it didn't mean as
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Ayoola and Coppet hope to carry load for St. Thomas Aquinas - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
The 1972 perfect season Miami Dolphins had Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris. The Steelers of the mid-1970's had Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier. Even the 2010 Dolphins had a semi-successful duo in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown
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Stanford Football "All-70s Team": RBs - eDucks.com (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Brown would go on to play in the 1972 Lions Club (All-) American Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where with barely any practice time, he would break Mercury Morris' 1970 rushing record and be named both "Player of the North" and "Player of the Game"
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NFL: The 39 Most Unique Players in NFL History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Most running backs from the 1960s and before were known for hard-nosed running like Larry Csonka or a speedy outside running back like Mercury Morris. However, Gale Sayers dominated the game during his first three seasons by rushing, passing,
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It's time to bring back NFL nicknames - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He was “Mercury Morris.” I'll bet even his family didn't know his real first name was “Eugene.” And then there was Walter “Sweetness” Payton and William “the Refrigerator” Perry, teammates on the 1986 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears
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NFL: The 22 Best Running Back Duos of All-Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris were the first ever to accumulated 1000 yards each while playing on the same team in 1972—which happened to be the Miami Dolphins' undefeated season. Both running backs split carries, and Csonka, who lined up as
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Will Lyles: Recruiting Whistleblower - Roll 'Bama Roll
Google News - over 5 years
And for Chip Kelly, this one may not make him Jim Tressel just yet, but to use a Mercury Morris analysis he's at least getting close to his neighborhood. Regardless of which specific rules may or may not have been broken, not only did Kelly actively
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All-Time Miami Dolphins TE's - PhinPhanatic
Google News - over 5 years
The winners will join Earl Morrall, Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris, Ricky Williams, and our recently added WR's, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, OJ McDuffie, Paul Warfield, and Nat Moore. Starting today you will vote for the best TE's in Dolphins history
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Mr. Manning, we need to have a word about one of your awards - NFL News
Google News - over 5 years
I should probably ask my buddy Mercury Morris, but I doubt that Yepremian is invited to pop champagne with the 1972 Dolphins after the last undefeated team falls each year. Well, if that champagne popping thing ever happens, which it doesn't
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Golden nickel: Five greatest athletes in Miami sports history - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Some might even say Mercury Morris was the better running back between he and Csonka, but Larry's bone-crushing charges up the field, dragging three or four defenders along to gain those few extra precious yards needed for a first down were what made
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No need to stop now Hines, cash in on your popularity - NFL News
Google News - almost 6 years
(Although Mercury Morris swears that it happened only twice.) But what's next for Hines Ward? The time to strike is right now while your popularity is at an all-time high. Cash in and follow in the footsteps of those other Dancing with the Stars
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mercury Morris
    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    Towards the end of 2006, he was in a television commercial spot for a hair-treatment clinic, along with Wade Boggs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He later went on to a career as a motivational speaker.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Morris was granted a new trial.
  • 1982
    Age 35
    In 1982, Morris was convicted of cocaine trafficking.
    More Details Hide Details He was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, with a mandatory fifteen-year term.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    After being traded to San Diego before the 1976 season, he ran for 256 yards on 50 carries that year and decided to retire after the season, in part due to lingering difficulties from the neck injury suffered in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Morris finished in the top five of the NFL in rushing touchdowns twice and total touchdowns once during his eight-year career. His career 5.1 yard per carry average is third all time among NFL players (second among running backs and first among halfbacks) with at least 750 rushing attempts, behind quarterback Randall Cunningham and fullback Jim Brown. Morris' career kickoff return average of 26.5 is among the all-time top 20 for players with at least 100 returns, and was in the top 10 at the time of his retirement. In 1974, Morris co-starred as Bookie Garrett in the blaxploitation film The Black Six alongside other football stars of the day.
  • 1975
    Age 28
    In 1975, Morris led the Dolphins in rushing yards with 875 despite sharing the halfback position with Benny Malone.
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  • 1974
    Age 27
    In 1974, he was limited to playing five games due to a knee injury suffered in a pre-season exhibition game.
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    Morris continued playing for the Dolphins in 1974 and 1975, before spending the last season of his shortened career playing for the San Diego Chargers in 1976.
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  • 1973
    Age 26
    In 1973, he led the Dolphins in rushing for the divisional playoff game against Cincinnati with 106 yards, and added 86 more rushing yards in the AFC Championship Game against Oakland.
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  • 1972
    Age 25
    Although Morris' Super Bowl statistics pale in comparison with teammate Larry Csonka, he excelled in several playoff games leading up to Miami's two Super Bowl championships. In 1972, he led the Dolphins in rushing in both the divisional playoff game against Cleveland and the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh with 72 yards and 76 yards respectively.
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    In 1972, Morris shared the halfback position with Kiick, participating in a few less plays than Kiick, but having more carries as a running back.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he ran for exactly 1,000 yds on 190 carries, becoming, with teammate Larry Csonka, the first 1,000-yard tandem in NFL history. Morris was first thought to have finished with 991 yards, but the Dolphins' management asked the league to examine a play in which Morris fumbled a lateral: Morris was awarded the nine yards previously recorded as lost on the play, giving him 1,000 yards for the season. That year, Morris also led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns, and his 5.3 yard per carry average was third in the NFL. By 1973, Morris had taken over the starting halfback spot and rushed for 954 yards on 149 carries, despite playing with a neck injury late in the season. His 6.4 yard per carry average led the NFL that season, and he finished third in the NFL in rushing touchdowns.
    In the 1972 and 1973 seasons, Morris earned Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII, and was selected for the Pro Bowl in both years.
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  • 1971
    Age 24
    In 1971, despite being unhappy with his minimal playing time as backup halfback, he helped the Dolphins to their first Super Bowl, Super Bowl VI by leading the American Football Conference(AFC) with a 28.2 yard kickoff return average.
    More Details Hide Details During the regular season, Morris also made the most of his opportunities at running back, gaining 315 rushing yards on 57 carries for a 5.5 yard average, an average that would have led the NFL had he enough carries to qualify. That season, Morris was selected for the Pro Bowl for the first time as a kick returner, although he also was used as a running back in the game.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    In 1970, he missed some time on the field due to a leg injury, but his 6.8 yard per carry average on 60 runs was the highest in the league among players with at least 50 runs.
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  • 1969
    Age 22
    In his rookie year of 1969, Morris had averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return, leading the AFL in kickoff returns with 43 and in kickoff return yardage with 1136.
    More Details Hide Details Both totals would have also led the NFL. His 105-yard return was the longest in the AFL that season, and he was also one of the AFL's leading punt returners that year.
    Morris excelled as both a running back and kick returner. The majority of his playing days were spent with the Miami Dolphins. From 1969 to 1971, he backed up Jim Kiick at halfback and served as the Dolphins' primary kickoff return man.
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    After college, Morris was picked in the third round of the 1969 AFL-NFL Common Draft by the AFL's Miami Dolphins.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    In his record setting year of 1968, he set collegiate records for rushing yards in a single game, with 340, rushing yards for a single season with 1571, and rushing yards over a three-year college career (freshmen being ineligible), with 3388.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson broke the single-season rushing just one week after Morris set it. Morris' three-season career rushing record was broken two years later by Don McCauley.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    In 1967, he finished second in the nation to O.J. Simpson of USC in rushing yards with 1274.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 18
    Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Avonworth High School in the northwestern suburbs of the city. Morris attended West Texas State University (now known as West Texas A&M University) from 1965 to 1969, where he was an All-American at tailback in 1967 and 1968.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on January 5, 1947.
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