Fred "Curly" Morrison
Morrison on a 1950 Bowman football card
|Date of birth:||October 7, 1926|
|Place of birth:||Columbus, Ohio|
|NFL Draft:||1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10|
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In his junior year, he moved to fullback when starter Joe Whistler was injured in the first game of the 1948 season. When Whistler returned, Morrison continued at fullback as a backup. Morrison took over the fullback position as a senior and led the Buckeyes in scoring, with nine touchdowns. His best rushing game as a college student was against the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, on October 8, 1949 when he rushed for 134 yards.
Later that season, he returned to California for the 1950 Rose Bowl game against the University of California. In that game, Morrison rushed for 119 yards, and the Buckeyes won 17-14. Morrison was named the Rose Bowl MVP, and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1993.
Morrison was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the tenth pick in the 1950 NFL Draft. He was with the Bears for four years, leading the team in rushing two of those years. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he spent three more years and played in three championship games. He led the Browns in rushing once (1955), making his only Pro Bowl appearance that year.
Following his NFL career, Morrison stayed active in football. He was the Chief Operating Officer and general manager for the Los Angeles Express of the USFL and the general manager of the California Sun of the American Football League. He is an advocate for retired NFL players and is active in several charities. He and his wife Sophie produce the NFL Legends golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California every November benefitting The Boys and Girls Clubs of California. He is an avid golfer and resides in the community of Bear Creek, Murrieta, California.