March 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - Robert Morris (C'75), a two-time All-American defensive lineman for the Georgetown Football Program in the 1970's, has been nominated to the 2014 National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas.
Morris starred for the Hoyas in the mid-70's, helping GU, as team co-captain, to a 6-2 record in 1974, including wins over rival Fordham and Hofstra, as well as a number 10 ranking in the Lambert Bowl competition. He was inducted into the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
"This nomination is indeed a great honor, certainly for me personally, but more importantly for the GU Football Program as a whole," Robert Morris said. "When we played in the 1970's, we were a Division III program with neither athletic scholarships nor other financial aid, and we played simply for the love of the game. Especially in the 1974 season, we had a talented and dedicated team, smaller in stature and depth than most of our opponents, but blessed with a superlative, part-time, coaching staff and a collective determination and heart that exceeded all possible expectations. This nomination is a testament to the superlative coaches and team with whom I had the unique privilege to compete."
Overall 162 players and 32 coaches are on the ballot that will be mailed to the 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Court, who will select the class.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Morris has excelled in life beyond the gridiron, serving as an Army "Green Beret" Officer, a CIA Operations Officer during the height of the Cold War, and an International Business Executive living and working on 4 continents. In 2012, he published his memoirs "Fighting Windmills: A Quixotic Odyssey."
"Bob Morris is a tremendous example what it means to be a "Man for Others," Georgetown Head Football Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "Following a great career on the Hilltop, he has spent a lifetime in service to our country. Bob's athletic and more importantly professional career is an excellent example for our current and former players. We are proud he's a Hoya and congratulate him on his nomination."