Arlington Sam Houston product and TCU lineman Guy Morriss turns 67 today. Morriss was a standout for the Frogs and a second-round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973. Morriss made a Pro Bowl in Philly and played in a Super Bowl with New England before hanging up his cleats and picking up a clipboard.
Morriss coached everywhere from the Patriots to Mansfield high school to the CFL to Mississippi State and everywhere in between. He landed the head coaching job at Kentucky in 2001. After two seasons in Lexington Morriss came back home to revive the struggling Baylor program.
His seminal moment in Waco came in 2004 when Baylor upset the 16th Aggies, the first time the Bears beat their rivals down Highway 6 since 1985. That high point, however, came in the midst of a series of lows. The Bears never finished higher than fifth in the Big 12 South, and Baylor fired Morriss in 2007 after five years.
He took over at A&M Commerce in 2009 and led the Lions to a Lone Star North Division title in year one. The Lions never recaptured that same success under Morriss, and he went back to coaching in the high school ranks until 2017 when he made public his battle with Alzheimer's.
Morriss' doctor believes that twenty years of competitive football brought the condition on. He is living with his family in Kentucky and tackling his therapy and treatment with his typical work ethic. He's relearning simple tasks and achieving victories where he can.
We wish him the best in his new battle. Happy Birthday, Coach!