Johnny Morris (American football)

For other persons named Johnny Morris, see Johnny Morris (disambiguation).
Johnny Morris
No. 47
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1935-09-26) September 26, 1935
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Career information
College: California-Santa Barbara
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 12 / Pick: 137
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards: 224-1040
Receptions-yards: 356-5059
Touchdowns: 37
Player stats at

Johnny Edward Morris (born September 26, 1935) is a former American football running back/wide receiver in the National Football League. He spent his entire ten-year career with the Chicago Bears, and is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards with 5,059.[1] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Morris won an NFL Championship in 1963. In 1964, he had his best season with 93 receptions for 1212 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 1964, while still playing for the Bears, Morris joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as a sportscaster. Except for a six-year stint at rival WMAQ-TV, Morris remained at WBBM until 1992, serving for most of that time as sports director. He also served as a football color commentator for CBS' NFL coverage from 1975 to 1986. He retired in 1996. Johnny was the imagination behind such sports programs as The a Mike Ditka Show, Bears Extra.

See also


  1. "Chicago Bears Franchise Encyclopedia".

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