Johnny Morris (American football)

Johnny Edward Morris (born September 26, 1935) is a former American football running back/wide receiver in the National Football League. He spent his entire ten-year career with the Chicago Bears, and is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards with 5,059.[1] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Morris won an NFL championship in 1963. In 1964, he had his best season with 93 receptions for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 1964, while still playing for the Bears, Morris joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as a sportscaster. Except for a six-year stint at rival WMAQ-TV, Morris remained at WBBM until 1992, serving for most of that time as sports director. During his time at WBBM-TV, he popularised the use of the telestrator (a device for drawing over still or moving video images) in sports television, which was invented by fellow WBBM-TV employee Leonard Reiffel for his science-related TV series Dimensions on Tomorrow's Living and The World Tomorrow. He also served as a football color commentator for CBS' NFL coverage from 1975 to 1986. He retired in 1996.

Johnny Morris
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Morris on a 1961 trading card
No. 47
Position:Halfback, wide receiver
Personal information
Born:September 26, 1935 (age 83)
Long Beach, California
Career information
High school:Long Beach (CA) Polytechnic
College:UC Santa Barbara
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 12 / Pick: 137
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,040
Yards per carry:4.6
Rushing touchdowns:5
Receiving yards:5,059
Receiving touchdowns:31
Player stats at

See also


  1. ^ "Chicago Bears Franchise Encyclopedia".
Johnny Morris (disambiguation)

Johnny Morris (1916–1999) was a British television presenter.

Johnny Morris or Johnnie Morris may also refer to:

Johnnie Morris (actor) (1887–1969), American comedian and actor

Johnny Morris (footballer) (1923–2011), English football player

Johnny Morris (American football) (born 1935), American football player

Johnnie E. Morris (born 1951), Democratic politician from Milwaukee

John Morris (businessman) (born 1948), American businessman also known as Johnny

Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Long Beach Polytechnic High School, founded in 1895 as Long Beach High School, is a public high school located at 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, California, United States. The school serves portions of Long Beach, including Bixby Knolls, and some parts of the cities of Signal Hill and Lakewood. Polytechnic (more commonly known as Poly) is the flagship high school of the Long Beach Unified School District. It is a large urban high school with about 4,400 students.

Polytechnic has long been distinguished in both academics and athletics. The PACE (Program of Additional Curricular Experiences, founded in 1975 by Dr. Nancy Gray, a teacher and administrator for the Long Beach School system), and the CIC (Center of International Curriculum) magnet programs boast more total University of California admissions than any other high school in California. In 2005, Sports Illustrated magazine named Polytechnic the "Sports School of the Century", in recognition of the school's badminton, baseball, basketball, football, track, cross country, swimming, water polo, tennis, golf, and softball teams. Polytechnic has also received numerous prizes for its music program, including six Grammy Awards, two of them being "golden signature" Grammy Awards. Long Beach Poly has sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the country, sending over 60 throughout the history of the school. Long Beach Poly was also ranked number one in a list of the best high school athletic programs in the nation by Sports Illustrated.

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