Mike Morris (American football)

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Mike Morris
No. 68
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-22) February 22, 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth: Centerville, Iowa
Career information
College: Northeast Missouri State
Undrafted in 1987
Debuted in 1987
Last played in 1999
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played188
Fumbles Recovered1
Fumble Yards-23
 
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Mike Morris
No. 68
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-22) February 22, 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth: Centerville, Iowa
Career information
College: Northeast Missouri State
Undrafted in 1987
Debuted in 1987
Last played in 1999
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played188
Fumbles Recovered1
Fumble Yards-23

Mike Morris is a former long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings, a former radio host on KFAN in Minneapolis, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for Concordia University (Saint Paul).[1]

Playing career[edit]

Morris was a four-year starter at Northeast Missouri State, and entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent. He played brief stints for the Arizona Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Cleveland Browns before settling in as the long snapper for the Vikings, where he played consistently throughout the 1990s. During the 1998 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons for the Minnesota Vikings, he was blamed by Dennis Green for the snap being too high leading to Gary Anderson's only missed field goal of the year.

Broadcasting[edit]

Following the end of his career, Morris took over the morning drive time slot on sports radio station KFAN after the failure of Dan Cole’s show necessitated a replacement. Morris broadcast using the moniker ‘The Superstar’ and his show was known as The Power Trip Morning Show. Morris was also the co-host of Vikings Fanline with Cory "Sludge" Cove. Another one of his nicknames that poked fun at his lack of intelligence was Mike "Densa" Morris. Morris always signs Bon Scott when asked for an autograph. On KFAN Morris also had an arch nemesis that went by the name of Hawkey Doody, a mischievous puppet that had it out for the "Superstar."

In 2001, Morris was offered the position of Minnesota Vikings radio play by play announcer by KFAN after Lee Hamilton was fired after one preseason game due to racist and sexist comments that Hamilton sometimes used on his talk shows. Morris' hiring, however, was vetoed by the Vikings and the job was given to Terry Stembridge, Jr.[2]

On December 6, 2012, Morris was suddenly laid off from KFAN amid a round of layoffs by the station's parent company.

On September 9, 2013, Morris and co-host Bob Sansevere started "Mike & Bob Afternoons" on WGVX 105 The Ticket. The format is Minnesota sports talk.

Morris is currently the owner and operator of a physical conditioning studio in Burnsville, Minnesota, the "MILO Barbell Company".[3]

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