Although he did not start playing football until he was a junior at The High School, one year later Mr. Morris was named All-Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) and Honorable Mention All-Met. Coach Mark Gowin refers to Mr. Morris’ end-zone catch against Landon his senior year as “the best one-handed catch I have ever seen.”
Mr. Morris was captain of the basketball team during his senior year and a three-year starter on three state championship teams. The team won the IAC Championship his junior year.
During the spring athletic season, Mr. Morris was captain of the baseball team his junior and senior years. In his senior year, he was All-IAC and won the Miller Award for Baseball. Mr. Morris was also a Monitor.
He played football at Harvard University, where he was named Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year during both his junior and senior years. During his junior year, he led the Harvard team to their first undefeated season in 88 years. As a senior, he ranked second in the nation in receptions and receiving yards per game. Mr. Morris set eight Harvard records, including most receptions in a game, reception yardage in a game, receptions in a season, reception yardage in a season, career receptions, and career yardage. Following his senior year, he was named American Football Coaches Association All-American and was also awarded the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as New England’s Most Outstanding Senior Football Player. He received the William J. Bingham Award as Harvard’s most outstanding male athlete his senior year. After graduating from Harvard, he played in NFL Europe and in the Arena Football League.
Coach Gowin says, “Carl’s talent was extraordinary, but his work ethic was what made him great. If he wasn’t working on a specific skill as a three-sport starter, he was in the weight room improving his overall strength and speed. On top of all these well-deserved accolades, Carl is one of the kindest, most personable and humble young men that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching.”
Mr. Morris says being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a great honor. “My teammates pushed me to become a better player and to compete at a much higher level, and the exceptional coaching allowed me to succeed at two sports I had never played before.