Eugene “Mercury” Morris was born January 5, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he attended Avonworth High School. Morris attended West Texas State University from 1965 to 1969, where he was an All-American at tailback in 1967 and 1968. Mercury broke the single game, single season, and career Division One rushing records in 1968. Morris finished 9th in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1968. Mercury Morris went to the pro’s, in 1969, as college football’s all-time rusher. He was picked in the third round of the 1969 American Football League Draft by the AFL’s Miami Dolphins.
Morris was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls over his 8-year professional career. The majority of his playing days were spent with Miami, where he helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the only Perfect Season in pro football history in 1972, and winning back to back Super Bowls (VII and VIII). Morris, sharing halfback duties with Jim Kiick, was instrumental as part of the historic Dolphins undefeated team of 1972. That year, he ran for exactly 1000 yards, becoming, with teammate Larry Csonka, the first 1000-yard tandem in NFL history. He followed that up with a 954-yard season. Morris spent the last season of his career playing for the San Diego Chargers. He finished in the top five of the NFL in rushing touchdowns twice and total touchdowns once during his 8-year career.
Teamate’s Larry Czonka and Mercury Morris were picked in the top 10 all time running tandems coming in as number seven on the list of all time backfields.
In 1972, Morris co-starred as Bookie Garrett in the “blaxploitation” film, The Black Six, alongside other football stars of the day, including Mean Joe Green, Carl Eller, Willie Lanier, Lem Barney, and Gene Washington.
Mercury has been a crusader for retired players rights and continues to fight for fair benefit rights and an honest disability process for the NFL retired player.