Dennis Morgan (American football)

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Dennis Morgan
No. 37, 42
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-06-26) June 26, 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth: White Plains, NY
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: White Plains Senior (NY)
College: Western Illinois
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 10 / Pick: 255
Debuted in 1974 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1975 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games 17
Stats at
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Dennis Morgan (born June 26, 1952) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Western Illinois University and was drafted in the tenth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Morgan, grew up in White Plains, New York and attended White Plains Senior High School. After Bradley University dropped its football program, he transferred to Western Illinois University where he played running back and was named Honorable-Mention All-American in 1972.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round of the 1974 NFL Draft. Known as “Strawberry” due to his red hair,[2] his speed allowed him to have an early impact on special teams.

As a rookie, he tied the longest punt return in NFL history with a 98-yard touchdown (also a franchise record) against the Saint Louis Cardinals.[3][4] That season he finished third in the NFL in punt return average with 15.1 yards and led the team in both punt return yards (287) and kickoff return yards (823).

Morgan was cut on August 4, 1975, because Tom Landry didn't think he could afford the luxury of keeping a player that could only help the team in the return game.[5]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles claimed him off waivers,[6] but he played in only 4 games during the 1975 season. He had 170 yards (24.3 average) on kickoff returns and 60 yards (7.5 average) on punt returns.

Personal life[edit]

He currently resides in White Plains, New York with his two older brothers.