Former British coach Guy Morriss has died aged 71
Posted at 5:19 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Former Kentucky football coach and Boyle County resident Guy Morriss died Monday in Danville after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 71 years old.
Morriss was an assistant coach in the United Kingdom under Hal Mumme from 1997 as an attacking line coach. He took over as head coach in 2001 when Mumme left and led England to a 7-5 scoreline in 2002.
He left Kentucky for Baylor the following season where he coached the Bears for five seasons. He also coached at Kentucky State, Texas A&M Commerce and was an offensive line coach at Warren Central High School and Lexington Christian Academy.
“Guy Morriss has provided consistent leadership for our football program at a time of great uncertainty,” said Kentucky director of athletics Mitch Barnhart, who arrived in the UK in 2002 and worked with Morriss this season there. “He was both loved and respected by the players, who responded to his fair and sensible approach with their best efforts. His six years in the UK showcase some of the best players and most exciting times in our history. He will be deeply missed and our condolences go out to (his wife) Jackie, their children, family and friends.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was saddened to learn of Morriss’ passing.
“I’m grateful for everything he’s done for this program,” Stoops said. “We loved seeing him here and just a few weeks ago he attended Fan Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and her family.
Morriss played college football at Texas Christian and played for 15 years in the National Football League. He played in two Super Bowls with the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-83) and New England Patriots (1984-87).
Morriss has played in 217 career NFL games, starting 173 of them.
He started in the Eagles’ Super Bowl XV loss to the Raiders in 1981 and played for the Patriots in their Super Bowl XX loss to the Chicago Bears in 1986.
“So sad to hear that my great center Guy Morriss passed away. Guy was a true leader on our Super Bowl team. RIP my friend! former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski posted on social media.
Morriss= joined the Patriots coaching staff after retiring and spent the 1988 and 1989 seasons as the team’s offensive line coach. He coached the Cardinals offensive linemen in 1994 before coming to the UK in 1997.