1993 Doak Walker winner and all around load of a dude Bam Morris turns 46 today. Happy Birthday, Bam, have yourself a day big guy.
Morris was a multi-sport star at Cooper High School in Cooper, Texas. As a senior, he put up nine games of 200 yards rushing and earned All-Red River Valley Offensive Player of the Year three times. As a senior, he set a record for most rushing years by a player in 2A and led all classifications in rushing. For his career, Morris rushed for 6,972 yards. He narrowed his college choices to Texas Tech, SMU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, but SAT scores forced Morris to attend Paris JC before heading to Lubbock.
Morris rushed for over 500 yards in his first season in Lubbock, but in 1992 Morris erupted with 1,279 yards and ten touchdowns. In 1993 he upped those numbers to 1,752 and 22. Morris led the nation in scoring and finished second in rushing yardage. All that was good enough to win the Doak Walker award.
Morris declared for the draft as a junior and went to Pittsburgh in the 3rd round. Morris played parts of five seasons with the Steelers, Ravens, Bears and Chiefs. He finished his career with the Orlando Predators of the Arena League and then the Katy Copperheads of the National Indoor Football League.
Morris has become more well known for his off-field legal troubles than his football prowess. The League suspended him twice for violations of its substance abuse policy. In 2000 Morris pled guilty to two counts of federal drug trafficking and sentenced to 30 months in prison. In the early 2000's Morris violated his parole and did a four year stretch in state prison.
In 2012 Morris earned induction into the Texas Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
We hope Morris has moved beyond those indiscretions and that he has a pretty sweet 46th birthday.