Butch Morse

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Butch Morse
Position: end
Personal information
Date of birth: December 5, 1910
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Date of death: May 22, 1995(1995-05-22) (aged 84)
Place of death: Corvallis, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
Career history

Raymond Joseph "Butch" Morse (December 5, 1910–May 22, 1995) was an American football end who played five seasons in the National Football League.

High school and college career[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Morse would later relocate to Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1931. In addition to football, where he was MVP on Benson's 1928 city championship team, he played baseball and was the leading scorer for the school's basketball team in 1930.[1]

Morse attended the University of Oregon, where he was a two-time all-Pacific Coast Conference end, and an All-American in his senior year of 1934, when he was also team co-captain.[2]

NFL career[edit]

Morse signed with the Detroit Lions in 1935, the year the Lions won their first NFL championship. Morse played for the Lions until 1940, when he was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps.[2][3] In 1944, he was an assistant coach for the Air Corps' Randolph Field Flyers in the 1944 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which the Flyers tied the heavily favored Texas Longhorns, 7–7.[2]

Personal life and legacy[edit]

Morse married Alice Marie Simonsen in 1935 in Portland, and the couple had three children.[3] He was named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981[4] and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.[2] He died in Corvallis, Oregon in 1995.[3]


  1. ^ "PIL Hall of Fame Cyber Museum: Raymond "Butch" Morse". Portland Interscholastic Hall of Fame. October 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Raymond "Butch" Morse". GoDucks.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Former UO star "Butch" Morse dies". The Oregonian. 1995-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 24, 2011.