Mike Morris (American football)

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Mike Morris
No. 68
Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1961-02-22) February 22, 1961 (age 57)
Centerville, Iowa
Career information
College: Northeast Missouri State
Undrafted: 1987
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 188
Fumbles Recovered: 1
Fumble Yards: -23

Mike Morris (born February 22, 1961) is a former long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings, a former radio host on KFAN in Minneapolis, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for Concordia University (Saint Paul).[1]

Playing career[edit]

Morris was a four-year starter at Northeast Missouri State, and entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent. He played brief stints for the Arizona Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Cleveland Browns before settling in as the long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings, where he played at a high level consistently throughout the 1990s.

Broadcasting[edit]

Following the end of his football career, Morris took over the morning drive time slot on sports radio station KFAN. Morris broadcast using the moniker ‘Superstar Mike Morris’ his show was known as The Power Trip Morning Show, and every show had a common theme ending with a tribute to a particular soldier and a thanks to the soldiers of the US armed forces. 'The Power Trip Morning Show' continues to air as of 2017 with other local personalities (and no longer features the traditional ending). Morris was also the co-host of Vikings Fanline' adding his thoughts (as a former NFL player) after games, often including banter and strong opinions with live callers over the radio airwaves.

In 2001, Morris was offered the position of Minnesota Vikings radio play by play announcer by KFAN after Lee Hamilton was fired after one preseason game. Morris' hiring, however, was vetoed by the Vikings & the job was given to Terry Stembridge, Jr.[2]

On September 9, 2013, Morris and co-host Bob Sansevere started "Mike & Bob Afternoons" on WGVX 105 The Ticket. Sansevere later got his own time slot, Morris teamed with co-host Ben Holsen on a new show called "Radioactive Sports". The format for both shows was Minnesota sports talk.[citation needed] 105 The Ticket later changed its format thus eliminated all local programming & ending Radioactive Sports.

Morris currently appears on ESPN1500 in Minneapolis during the Mackey & Judd show. He is generally on Mondays & Fridays, and also hosts Viking Ventline for the station. Morris is the owner of a physical conditioning studio in Burnsville, Minnesota, the "MILO Barbell Company".[3]

Personal[edit]

Morris is married to singer-songwriter and radio personality Keri Noble who has 11 plus albums to her credit.

He is known as "Superstar Mike Morris", a nickname inspired by professional wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham, whom Morris admired in his younger days. The moniker was given by teammates and friends to Morris, referring to the impressive muscular physique both had in common in the prime of their respective careers. Both 'Superstar' athletes put in many hours lifting weights & heavy training. The reference also pertained to the colorful personalities, abilities on a microphone, love for music, sports cars & the tie dye shirts both men often wore.

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