During the latter part of the 1970’s and through to the mid 1980’s, there wasn’t a better or more important receiver for the New England Patriots than Stanley Morgan. Morgan came into the league as a speed demon, one of the fastest players at his position. He used this speed to separate himself from defensive backs and put up long receptions that were key to the Patriots becoming respectable after a long time spent at or near the bottom of league standings. Morgan would also eventually play an important role in helping the team get to their first Super Bowl too.
In New England, he is still regarded as one of the best Patrios players ever and knowledgable fans know his value to the team. His number is retired there and his name sits high above the field in a place of honor.
Here is a look at some interesting facts about the Patriots great receiver, Stanley Morgan.
-As of 2010, Stanley Morgan still held the all purpose yards record at the University of Tennessee where he played college football.
-He came into the league in 1977 and played for the Patriots his whole career before playing one final season in 1990 for the Indianapolis Colts.
-During his career, he scored 68 touchdowns with the Patriots and five with the Colts.
-During his first six seasons in the league, Stanley Morgan averaged over 20 yards per reception. This includes a very good 24.1 yards per reception in 1978.
-In Super Bowl XX, which the Patriots lost to the Chicago Bears, Morgan caught six passes for 51 yards.
-During his career, Morgan caught more touchdown passes from Steve Grogan than he did from anyone else, a total of 39.
-Morgan scored more touchdowns during his career against the Colts, a total of 14, than he did against any other team in the NFL.
-His first touchdown reception in the NFL came in week 7 of his rookie season. It happened in the third quarter of a 24-13 win over the New York Jets, was thrown to him by Steve Grogan, and went for 52 yards.
-Morgan’s first two touchdowns in the league both went for 50 yards or more. The first one was a 50 yarder and the second was a 64 yarder.
-Morgan led the NFL in yards per reception for three straight years from 1979 to 1981.
-He led the league in touchdown receptions in 1979 with 12.
-Morgan’s time with the Patriots started in 1977 and ended in 1989. Both his first and last touchdown reception with the team were thrown to him twelve years apart by Steve Grogan. In between, he also caught touchdowns from these other Patriots quarterbacks: Tony Eason, Matt Cavanaugh, Andy Johnson, Tom Ramsey, and Doug Flutie. All five of the touchdowns he caught with the Colts were thrown to him by Jeff George.
-His most receiving yards ever came in 1986 when he caught 84 passes for 1,491 yards.
-As a wide receiver, Morgan never ran the ball in for a touchdown. He did however carry the ball 21 times during his career for 127 yards, a six yards per carry average.
-Morgan’s longest reception of his career came in 1981 and went for 76 yards. It was thrown to him by Steve Grogan and came in the first quarter of a 30-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
-Morgan’s longest run came in 1979 and went for 17 yards.
-In 1979, Stanley Morgan returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.