Former Kentucky head football coach Guy Morriss dies at 71

Former college football coach and NFL player Guy Morriss has died at the age of 71.

Morriss had battled Alzheimer’s in recent years, according to multiple reports.

His NFL years

“The Eagles made Morriss a second-round draft choice in 1973 out of TCU, and he spent 11 seasons as the team’s center before finishing his NFL career with the Patriots. Morriss played four seasons in New England,” NBC Sports reported.

“He started in the Eagles’ Super Bowl XV loss to the Raiders to end the 1980 season and was with the Patriots during their Super Bowl XX loss to the Bears to end the 1985 season,” it added.

His coaching years

Morriss coached at the University of Kentucky, Baylor and Texas A&M-Commerce, retiring in 2015.

“Guy Morriss never got the credit he deserved for turning around @BUFootball. Remember, the Bears had one conference win in 4 years under @CoachKSteeleUM. BU upset #16 Texas A&M, 35-34, in 2004 and won 6 other Big 12 games under Morriss,” Jerry Hill reported on Twitter.

The lifelong football fan, player and coach clearly impacted the lives of teammates, coaches and those he coached over multiple decades.

His impact continues to leave a legacy in the lives of many who played with him on the field or were coached by him during his many years in football.