Dennis Morgan, American football player, Died at 63

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Dennis Morgan was born on June 26, 1952, and died on October 25, 2015 from a heart attack.

Dennis was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.

He played college football at Western Illinois University and was drafted in the tenth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

Dennis, grew up in White Plains, New York and attended White Plains Senior High School.

After Bradley University dropped its football program, he was transferred to the Western Illinois University, where he played running back and was named Honorable-Mention All-American in 1972.

Dennis was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

Known as “Strawberry” due to his red hair, his speed allowed him to have an early impact on special teams.

As a rookie, Dennis tied the longest punt return in NFL history with a 98-yard touchdown (also a franchise record) against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

That season he finished third in the NFL in punt return average with 15.1 yards and led the team in both punt return yards (287) and kickoff return yards (823).

Dennis was cut on August 4, 1975, because Tom Landry didn’t think he could afford the luxury of keeping a player that could only help the team in the return game.

Dennis died on October 25, 2015 after suffering a heart attack while attending the New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game at MetLife Stadium.

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