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Canadian Football Hall of Famer Frank Morris dies at 85

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The Canadian Press
4/11/2009 2:24:44 PM
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EDMONTON - Canadian Football Hall of Famer Frank Morris, who won 13 Grey Cup titles during a career that spanned more than four decades, has died at the age of 85.

Morris, who played offensive guard and defensive tackle, entered the CFL ranks in 1945 with the Toronto Argonauts, where he won three consecutive Grey Cup in 1945, '46 and '47. In 1950, the Edmonton native joined the Eskimos and would help the club to three straight Grey Cup victories ('54, '55, '56) during his eight years in an Eskimos uniform.

Morris continued his career as the Eskimos' director of player development from 1973 to 1988, winning seven more Grey Cup championships.

"Frank Morris's importance to the Edmonton Eskimos and indeed the entire Canadian Football League cannot be understated," Eskimos president and CEO Rick LeLacheur said in a statement. "We've lost a true Canadian sports icon and we extend our deepest condolences to Frank's family and many friends."

Morris was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the following year would have his name added to the Eskimo Wall of Honour at Commonwealth Stadium.

Morris was a Second World War veteran and began his football career playing for Navy teams in Toronto and Halifax.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Mae, six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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