Former Red Raider Bam Morris remembers Super Bowl XXX

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 at 3:28 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2015 at 3:42 AM CST
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Bam Morris (Source: Texas Tech University)
Bam Morris (Source: Texas Tech University)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Red Raider fans will have a reason to cheer on the Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday.

New England Receiver Danny Amendola graduated from Texas Tech in 2008, but he's not the first Red Raider to appear in the big game.

Byron "Bam" Morris was told he was too big to play Pop Warner when he was a kid.

He had to wait until 7th grade to play for his school, but the late start didn't stunt his growth on the field.

The youngest of ten, Bam says hardball was nothing new for him when he took the field for the first time.

"Growing up I used to say I'm Earl Campbell, I'm Tony Dorsett, I'm Arthur Payton," Morris says.

But by high school, the plays he had drawn out for his future started playing out in real life.

"I knew in my senior year that I could play at the college level and even at the professional level. Coming from a small town of only 2,000 people, it was a big experience. I definitely had fun doing it."

Morris went from the small north Texas town of Cooper to the Hub City to represent the Red Raiders for three seasons, even clinching the 1993 Doak Walker award for the top running back in college football.

From red and black to black and yellow, Morris left Tech after his junior year to be drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"When you get to the NFL you always talk about getting to the next level. The dream is the big dance, the big game and before my eyes my dreams had come true," Morris says. "We didn't win but we gave the Cowboys a good game."

A game that came to a 27-17 conclusion, an unforgettable experience with one play in particular Morris will never forget.

From two yards out, quarterback Neil O'Donnell handed the ball off to Morris, who walked it into the end zone.

Morris starts back at Texas Tech this summer to finish his degree.

He has 32 hours left before getting his diploma in Exercise and Sport Science.

Morris says once he gets his degree he would like to coach and recruit for college football.

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