Philadelphia Eagles player from 1980 NFC Championship Team passes away

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Eagles are mourning the passing of Guy Morriss. He played 11 seasons with the Eagles from 1973-83 starting at center and he missed only one game.

Morriss was a second-round pick of the Eagles out of TCU in 1973 and quickly ascended to the top of the depth chart where he would remain for over a decade. Morriss was the anchor for the 1980 NFC Championship Team and to this day only four offensive linemen in franchise history have played in more regular-season games than him.

Following his time with the Eagles, Morriss played four more seasons in New England with the Patriots which is when he met his wife. Football remained an integral part of Morriss’ life as he transitioned into coaching.

Morriss coached football for nearly 30 years at the high school, college, and professional ranks. He was an offensive line coach for the Patriots and Cardinals, and the head coach for two college programs, Kentucky and Baylor.

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Guy Morriss passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on Monday evening, surrounded by his loving family on his farm near Perryville, Kentucky. He is survived by Jackie, his wife of 35 years; his children including Colleen Patterson, Kerry Clark, Savannah Morriss, Austin Leigh Blacklock; and five grandchildren.

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