Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan grew up in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania and played his freshman season at Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby Township, PA. His family moved to Coral Springs, Florida where he played the remainder of his high school career at J.P. Taravella High School. He was named All-County at fullback, linebacker, and strong safety, and also saw action as a tailback. Morgan was highly recruited, but chose to stay in Florida to attend the University of Miami.

After moving from fullback to linebacker as a freshman at Miami, Morgan was a second team All-American selection. As Miami's first sophomore captain, he was named to the All-Big East team, and as a junior he became a Second-Team All-Big East member as Miami went on to lose in the National Championship against Oklahoma. As a senior, Morgan recorded 138 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and five pass breakups. In addition to winning the Chuck Bednarik Award, he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American honors before winning the National Championship in 2001. Morgan finished his career with 532 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two interceptions, and 12 pass breakups.

Morgan was selected 11th overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2001 NFL Draft. In just his second season with the Panthers, he helped bring the defense from last in the league to second, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2004, he was named All-Pro and a Pro-Bowler. Unfortunately, nagging foot and leg injuries kept him off the field for much of the next three seasons and retired in 2007. He returned to try out for the New Orleans Saints in 2008 but was injured again and retired. In 2011 he was inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame. Morgan now does scouting for Pete Caroll’s Seattle Seahawks.

Award Profile

Winner: Chuck Bednarik Award - 2000

Miami University