Byron “Bam” Morris
Position: Running Back
- Texas Tech University (1991-1993)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (1994-1995)
- Baltimore Ravens (1996-1997)
- Chicago Bears (1998)
- Kansas City Chiefs (1998-1999)
- Rushed for 1,752 yards in his final season at Texas Tech (1993)
- 1993 Doak Walker Award winner (best RB in college football)
- 3rd round selection in the 1994 NFL Draft
- Best year in the NFL was as a rookie, when he rushed for 836 yds and 7 TDs
- Started 39 games over his 6 year career
- Was the the starting running back for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX (73 yds on 19 carries and 1 TD)
- Had numerous legal problems which contributed to his demise
Bam won the 1993 Doak Walker Award after rushing for 1,752 yards for Texas Tech. He beat out San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk for the award. Bam’s 1,752 yards broke a Southwest Conference record for single season rushing yards previously held by Earl Campbell, and was the second highest mark in the nation that year. Bam, who’s real name is Byron, was one of two Byron’s from Texas Tech to win the Doak Walker Award in a span of 4 years. The other? Byron Hanspard, who we featured on this site earlier this month.
Morris left school after his junior year to enter the 1994 NFL Draft and was selected in the 3rd round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He peaked early, rushing for 836 yards and 7 TD’s as a rookie, then starting in Super Bowl XXX in his second year, where he rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The next two seasons he played for the Baltimore Ravens, where he rushed for a little over 700 yards each year. He played for the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs in his final two seasons, rushing for less than 500 yards in each. He was out of the NFL by age 27. (Bam Morris’ career statistics)
Morris’ career was hampered by his problems off the field:
- 1996- Police found 4 kilograms of marijuana and 1 gram of cocaine in his car during a traffic stop. Fined $7,000, sentenced to 200 hours of community service and 6 years probation. He was cut by the Steelers after he pleaded guilty.
- 1997- Arraigned in Baltimore after a woman accused him of assaulting her
- 2000- Pleaded guilty to two counts of Federal drug trafficking (distributed 100 kg of marijuana in Kansas City area from 1998-2000). Sentenced to 30 months in prison.
- 2001- Convicted of violating his parole from his 1996 plea bargain, sentenced to 10 years in prison. Released on July 31, 2004.
(List compiled from Morris’ Wikipedia page)
Bam Morris makes the list of the Biggest Jokes in Pittsburgh Sports History
He also joins past RFP of the Day Elvis Grbac on George Blowfish’s list of Players Who Really Sucked.
In 2006, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Morris was trying to make a comeback in the NFL. He had recently signed with the Katy Copperheads (now the Texas Copperheads) of the National Indoor Football League to restart his professional career.
Most recently, Bam popped up in the news in January 2008 when he offered advice about prison to Michael Vick, who is serving time at the same place that Bam did.
Bam Morris scores the game winning touchdown in the 1995 AFC Championship:
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