Bam Morris

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Bam Morris
No. 33, 39, 32
Date of birth: (1972-01-13) January 13, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Cooper, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 3/ Pick 91
Organizations
As player:
1994-1995
1996-1997
1998
1998-1999
2006
2006

Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens
Chicago Bears
Kansas City Chiefs
Orlando Predators *
Katy Copperheads (National Indoor Football League)

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

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

Early life[edit]

Morris attended Texas Tech 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]

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 played for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX, gaining 73 yards on 19 carries. He wore uniform number 33 for the Steelers. Morris was known as a "scatback" because of his quick feet.

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 4 kilograms of marijuana and one gram of cocaine in his car during a traffic stop. He was fined $7,000 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service and six years probation.

He was cut by the Steelers after the guilty plea and signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. He wore uniform number 33 as a Raven. 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 2 regular season games. He then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He wore uniform number 39 as a Chief.

Morris pleaded guilty in August 2000 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 100 kilograms of marijuana in the Kansas City area between 1998 and 2000.

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 July 31, 2004.

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Baltimore Ravens Starting Running Back
19961997
Succeeded by
Priest Holmes