Morris Stroud Jr. was born on May 17, 1946, and died on October 17, 2016.
He was a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Stroud did not play in the 1969 regular season but was on the roster for the 1969 AFL Championship Game.
Morris played for the NFL’s Chiefs, from 1970 to 1974.
He stood 6 foot 10 inches tall, Stroud is believed to have been the tallest tight end in the history of the NFL.
Stroud wore the number #88.
Whilst he was a student at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, the Miami, Florida-born Stroud was a center and power forward on the Panthers’ basketball team.
He only had a little experience on the gridiron, Chiefs head coach Hank Stram selected him in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft as a tight end.
In seven years of his career, he had caught 54 passes for 977 yards, seven touchdowns, and averaged 18.1 yards per reception.
But, Stroud became a notable special teams player — specifically at blocking field goals.
His many other opponents had’ field goal attempts, Stroud lined up under the goalposts and tried to deflect the ball as it came down.
Following that rule changes led to the adoption of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (informally known as the “Stroud Rule”): “Goal tending by any player leaping up to deflect a kick as it passes above the crossbar of a goal post is prohibited, where the referee could award 3 points for a palpably unfair act”.
Morris Stroud passed away at 70 years old.