The New England Patriots have announced that center Jon Morris, who played for the team from 1964 through 1974, will join the franchise’s Hall of Fame. He’s the first inductee to be selected by a newly-formed senior selection committee.
“It was overwhelming,” Morris said in comments released by the Patriots. “I thought my days were numbered. This announcement came as a complete surprise. I consider this the crowning achievement of my football life and I am so thankful to the Kraft family and the selection committee for allowing me to experience this feeling.
“When I first retired from the Patriots, the alumni were not meant to feel welcome. I don’t say that to be critical, it was just different. Once your career was over, it was over. You cannot be a player forever and we understood that. But, when the Kraft family came along, they changed all that. It hasn’t been just a one-time thing, either. They have maintained a relationship with the alumni since he bought the team. I just think that is the neatest thing that has ever happened. It is one of the reasons that being in the hall of fame is such a big deal. They have made it a big deal. I give the Krafts all the credit for making the alumni feel so special and I look forward to being a part of this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony.”
Morris and a modern-era player will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame later this year.