Derrick Morgan (American football)

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Derrick Morgan
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Morgan with the Titans in 2014.
No. 91 – Tennessee Titans
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1989-01-06) January 6, 1989 (age 29)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Coatesville (PA) Area
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 280
Sacks: 44.0
Pass deflections: 23
Forced fumbles: 5
Player stats at

Derrick Lee Morgan (born January 6, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Morgan was selected 16th overall by the Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

High school career[edit]

Morgan was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended Coatesville Area High School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where he played for the Coatesville Red Raiders football team. As a senior, he was named league Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State after recording 47 tackles and 7 sacks at the defensive end position. He also played running back on offense, rushing for 523 yards and 8 touchdowns.[1]

College career[edit]

Morgan attended the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2009, playing for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a true freshman in 2007 he appeared in 12 of 13 games, recording nine tackles as a reserve defensive end. The following year as a sophomore he started all 13 games, contributing 51 tackles and 7 sacks while earning an honorable mention All-ACC selection. As a junior in 2009, Morgan was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and earned first-team All-American honors from Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and He finished the season with 55 tackles (including 18.5 for a loss) and 12.5 sacks while helping his team to a conference championship.[1][2] After his junior year Morgan decided to enter the 2010 NFL draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.77 s 1.60 s 2.70 s 4.43 s 7.12 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
x reps x
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Morgan was selected 16th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft.[5] He signed a six-year contract on July 31, 2010; however, the deal also included playing time incentives that later voided the final year.[6] As a free agent in 2015, Morgan fielded interest from multiple teams before signing a new 4-year, $30 million contract with the Titans on March 13.[7]

Morgan played at the 4-3 defensive end position his first four seasons with the Titans, then switched to outside linebacker in 2014 as part of the team's transition to a 3-4 defense.[8] Morgan has remained a starter on the Titans defense since 2011.

Morgan wore the uniform number 90 until changing to 91 prior to the beginning of the 2012 season.[2]

Season highlights[edit]

Morgan played in the 2010 season opener, registering a sack in his first NFL game.[2] He suffered a torn left ACL during the fourth game however, ending his rookie season.[9]

Morgan made his first career start on game 7 of the 2011 season and remained a starter for the rest of the year. He led the team with 20 quarterback pressures.[2] During the preseason he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee but missed only the first regular season game.[10]

In 2012, Morgan led the Titans with 6.5 sacks and 19 quarterback pressures while starting all 16 games.[2] Pro Football Focus ranked him as the league's fourth best 4-3 defensive end.[11]

Morgan was second on the Titans with 6 sacks in 2013.[2]

During his first year at linebacker in 2014, Morgan led the Titans with 6.5 sacks while starting all 16 games. He also set career highs in tackles (82), quarterback pressures (26), tackles for loss (13), passes defensed (9), and forced fumbles (2).[2] He was rated as the eighth best 3-4 outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus.[12]

Morgan had a notable start to the 2015 season, recording 4.5 sacks in the first four games. During the sixth game he suffered a shoulder injury however. He played through the injury the next four games, then was shut down for the rest of the season. He had surgery on December 15 to repair a torn left labrum.[13]

Morgan registered a team-high 56 quarterback pressures and career-high 9.0 sacks in 2016. The 9.0 sacks tied him for ninth highest in the AFC.[2]

Morgan tallied a career-high 59 quarterback pressures in 2017. His 7.5 sacks was the second-best season total of his career.[2]

NFL statistics[edit]

2010 TEN 4 0 5 3 2 1.5 0 0 0 1
2011 TEN 15 10 30 22 8 2.5 0 0 0 2
2012 TEN 16 16 59 35 24 6.5 0 1 1 6
2013 TEN 15 14 34 28 6 6.0 0 1 1 2
2014 TEN 16 16 63 43 20 6.5 0 2 0 7
2015 TEN 10 9 24 17 7 4.5 0 1 0 2
2016 TEN 15 15 33 24 9 9.0 0 0 0 1
2017 TEN 14 14 32 16 16 7.5 0 0 0 2
Career 105 94 280 188 92 44.0 0 5 2 23

GP: games played, GS: games started, COMB: combined tackles, SOLO: solo tackles, AST: assisted tackles SACK: sacks, INT: interceptions, FF: forced fumbles, FR: fumbles recovered, PD: passes defensed[14]

Medical cannabis advocacy[edit]

Morgan has spoken publicly about the medicinal properties of cannabis that he believes could benefit NFL players, particularly in treating and preventing the serious brain injuries and diseases that have afflicted many players.[15] Morgan has called on the NFL to conduct research on the neuroprotective benefits of cannabis, as part of the league's stated commitment to making player health and safety issues a top priority.[16] Morgan has also donated money to help fund medical cannabis research.[15]

Morgan follows the lead of Eugene Monroe, who in March 2016 became the first active NFL player to openly advocate for the league to change its stance on cannabis.[17] Morgan and Monroe appeared together in a June 2016 interview with Katie Couric, the first time Morgan had spoken on the subject.[18]

In November 2016, the NFL Player's Association announced the formation of a committee to study issues of pain management among players, including the use of cannabis as treatment.[19] Morgan was named as a founding member of the committee.[20]

Also in November 2016, Morgan was among the signatories of an open letter addressed to the NFL, urging a change in the league's policy towards cannabis.[21] The letter was penned by Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and signed by several other NFL players.[22] Morgan is also co-chair of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee.[23]

During a 2017 game against the Houston Texans, Morgan wore a pair of cannabis-themed cleats as part of the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign.[24] The cleats promoted Realm of Caring Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting medical cannabis research.

Personal life[edit]

Morgan delivered his second child at home in April 2015.[25]

In 2011, Morgan participated in a 24-day charity mission to deliver 22,000 hearing aids to children and adults in need across Africa.[26][27]

Morgan graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in business management and is an enrollee in the University of Miami’s Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program.[28][29]

Thanks to Morgan's chef wife, Charity, he transitioned to a fully plant-based vegan diet in early 2017. The couple has convinced several other Tennessee Titans into making the change as well.[30]


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  26. ^ Terrill, Steve (March 28, 2011). "'They have real problems over here'". ESPN. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Starkey Hearing Foundation, Marlee Matlin and Football Stars Embark on Mission to Africa to Deliver the Gift of Hearing" (Press release). Business Wire. March 10, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
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  30. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (December 2, 2017). "Derrick Morgan and his chef wife inspired vegan movement on Titans". ESPN. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 

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