Mike Morreale

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Mike Morreale
No. 18
Date of birth (1971-08-10) August 10, 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) SB
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
University McMaster
CFL draft 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17
Career history
As administrator
20072012 CFLPA Director Marketing
20122014 CFLPA President
As coach
2007–present McMaster Marauders Offence and Special Teams Quality Control
As player
19951996 Toronto Argonauts
19972001 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20022003 Toronto Argonauts
20042006 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
Awards
Career stats

Mike Morreale (born August 10, 1971 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a former award-winning receiver in the Canadian Football League.

Early years[edit]

A graduate of Cardinal Newman Secondary School, where he earned athlete of the year honours and was football MVP twice, Morreale played his university football with the McMaster University Marauders from 1991 to 1994. He finished his Marauder career with 116 receptions for 1,880 yards and a school record 16 touchdowns and had 217 yards on 27 punt returns and 185 yards on nine kickoff returns. He also carried the ball four times for 33 yards and averaged 33.7 yards on 36 punts. He was a CIAU second team All-Canadian once and a two-time OUAA All-Star at wide receiver.[1] He was named to the McMaster Hall of Fame in 2005 and a member of the McMaster University Football Team of the Century.[2]

Professional career[edit]

He began his 12-year CFL career in 1995 with the Toronto Argonauts. He moved on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1997 and played there for 5 seasons before rejoining Toronto in 2002. He rejoined the Tiger-Cats in 2004. His best season was 1998, when he caught 67 passes for 1076 yards and played in the Grey Cup, and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award. He also won two Grey Cup championships, in 1996 with Toronto, and in 1999 with Hamilton, when he was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian.[1] In 2000, Morreale was awarded the Tom Pate Award for his contributions on and off the field in the CFL.

He was the CFL spokesman for the War Amps Champs program in 1997 and raised $26,000 for Hamilton Children's Hospital in the 1999 Morreale Macaroni campaign. He is also a first cousin of Toronto Argonauts legend Paul Masotti.[1]

Mike Morreale and fellow Hamilton, Ontario native linebacker Rob Hitchcock, were released from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 19, 2007.[3][4][5] He officially announced his retirement on August 27, 2007 and joined the McMaster University football coaching staff. He was honoured by the Tiger-Cats at a halftime ceremony during the 2007 Labour Day Classic along with Rob Hitchcock[6][7]

Upon his retirement, Morreale became the Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA) Director of Marketing, before being elected as the ninth President of the CFLPA in 2012, serving until 2014.[1]

Currently, Morreale owns a financial services business in Stoney Creek, Ontario and works as colour analyst for CIS Football on Rogers Sportsnet and in-stadium panel member for Ticat's TV.

Personal life[edit]

Mike Morreale resides in Grimsby with his third wife Jennifer and their daughter Sophia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mike Morreale #18". Players. CFL.ca. 
  2. ^ "McMaster Hall of Fame". McMaster Marauders Athletics. 
  3. ^ "Tiger-Cats release veterans Morreale, Hitchcock". CBC Sports. 2007-06-19. 
  4. ^ Peters, Ken (2007-06-19). "Decision time for Mike". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  5. ^ Peters, Ken (2007-06-20). "Tough day for Hamilton fans". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  6. ^ "Ticats announce retirements". Canadian Press. 2007-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Mike Morreale joins McMaster Football coaching staff". McMaster Marauders Athletics. 2007-08-27.