Fred "Curly" Morrison
Curly Morrison was the founder and producer of the NFL Legends golf tournament at Pebbles Beach. He was a tireless worker in the establishment and operations of the Retired NFL Players Congress well into his 90’s. Besides being a United States Marine & Rose Bowl MVP for Ohio State, Curly was a running back with Paul Browns legendary Cleveland Browns in the 1950’s. Curly was always ready to help those in need. He is sincerely missed by the Retired NFL Players Congress and remains highly respected.
Fred Lew "Curly" Morrison (October 7, 1926 – November 15, 2020) was an American football player and executive. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears, from 1950 to 1953, and the Cleveland Browns, from 1954 to 1956. Morrison played college football at the Ohio State University.
Morrison played for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1947 to 1949. As a sophomore, he was an end and led the Buckeyes in receptions, with seven for 113 yards. In his junior year, he moved to fullback when starter Joe Whistler was injured in the first game of the 1948 season. When Whistler returned, Morrison continued at fullback as a backup.
Morrison took over the fullback position as a senior in 1949 and led the Buckeyes in scoring, with nine touchdowns. His best rushing game as a college student was against the USC Trojans, in Los Angeles, on October 8, 1949 when he rushed for 134 yards. Later that season, the Buckeyes returned to Southern California for the 1950 Rose Bowl against the California Golden Bears. In that game, Morrison rushed for 119 yards, and the Buckeyes won 17–14. Morrison was named the game's MVP. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1993.
Morrison was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the tenth pick in the 1950 NFL Draft. He was with the Bears for four years, leading the team in rushing two of those years. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he spent three more years and played in three championship games. He led the Browns in rushing once (1955), making his only Pro Bowl appearance that year.
Following his NFL career, Morrison stayed active in football. He was the chief operating officer and general manager for the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL) and the general manager of the Southern California Sun of the World Football League (WFL). He was an advocate for retired NFL players and was active in several charities. He and his wife, Sophie, produced the NFL Legends golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California every November benefiting The Boys and Girls Clubs of California.