Johnny Morris (American football)

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Johnny Morris
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Morris on a 1961 trading card
No. 47
Position:Halfback, wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1935-09-26) September 26, 1935 (age 83)
Long Beach, California
Career information
High school:Long Beach (CA) Polytechnic
College:UC Santa Barbara
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 12 / Pick: 137
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,040
Yards per carry:4.6
Rushing touchdowns:5
Receiving yards:5,059
Receiving touchdowns:31
Player stats at

Johnny Edward Morris (born September 26, 1935) is a former American football running back/wide receiver in the National Football League. He spent his entire ten-year career with the Chicago Bears, and is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards with 5,059.[1] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Morris won an NFL championship in 1963. In 1964, he had his best season with 93 receptions for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 1964, while still playing for the Bears, Morris joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as a sportscaster. Except for a six-year stint at rival WMAQ-TV, Morris remained at WBBM until 1992, serving for most of that time as sports director. During his time at WBBM-TV, he popularised the use of the telestrator (a device for drawing over still or moving video images) in sports television, which was invented by fellow WBBM-TV employee Leonard Reiffel for his science-related TV series Dimensions on Tomorrow's Living and The World Tomorrow. He also served as a football color commentator for CBS' NFL coverage from 1975 to 1986. He retired in 1996.

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  1. ^ "Chicago Bears Franchise Encyclopedia".