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Eugene Edward Morris was born on the 5th January 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, and is a former professional American Football player. As Mercury Morris, he is best known for being a running back in the National Football League’s (NFL) Miami Dolphins with whom he won the prestigious Super Bowl title twice, in 1973 and 1974. Apart from Dolphins, he also played for San Diego Chargers. Besides sports, Morris is “famous” for being convicted on drug trafficking charges and sentenced to 22 years in prison, but was released after three and a half years.
Have you ever how much wealth this former athlete has accumulated so far? How rich Mercury Morris is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Mercury Morris’ net worth, as of early 2017, is over $100,000, acquired primarily through his professional sports career which was active between 1969 and 1976.
Mercury Morris Net Worth $100,000
After matriculating from Avonworth High School in his home town, Morris enrolled at West Texas State University (today’s West Texas A&M University) where he began his American Football career. In his college career, he was chosen for All-American team consecutively in 1967 and 1968. He set several collegiate records, and was among the nation’s best running backs, right behind O. J. Simpson. His professional sports career began when he was drafted as the 11th pick in the 3rd round (63rd overall) by the Miami Dolphins in 1969 NFL Draft. This engagement provided the basis for Mercury Morris’ wealth.
During his rookie season, he earned his nickname “Mercury” because of his outstanding reflexes and general speed, proving himself as a running back as well as a kick returner. Although the majority of his second season he spent on the bench due to a leg injury, in 1971 he considerably helped the Dolphins to reach their first Super Bowl, but in which they were wiped out by Dallas Cowboys. A year later, due partly to Morris’ continuous good performances, Dolphins reached and won Super Bowl title, and not only once but twice in a row – Super Bowl VII when they defeated Washington Redskins and Super Bowl VIII against Minnesota Vikings. All these achievements provided a massive boost to the amount of Mercury Morris’ wealth.
Morris was also selected for NFL all-star games three times consecutively, between 1971 and 1973. In 1976, he was traded to Sand Diego Chargers where he finished his professional sports career later that year. Although relatively short, his eight-year long career supplied Mercury Morris with a significant amount of money.
Apart from on the football pitch, Morris has appeared in several motion pictures – in 1974 Matt Climber’s blaxploitation movie “The Black Six” he appeared as one of the title characters alongside several other NFL stars. He also featured in the 1983 documentary about drugs – “Cocaine Blues”.
However, in 1982 Mercury Morris was charged with cocaine trafficking, and sentenced to 22 years in prison. In 1986 after offering new evidence of his innocence and a new trial, Morris managed to reach a plea bargain, and was released in May 1986, after three and a half years. After this “venture” Morris became a motivational speaker, and in 1988 he released his book “Against the Grain” in which he “speaks” of his life, sports, cocaine and his prison time. Between 2006 and 2008, Morris appeared in four episodes of “Rome is Burning” sports talk-show.
Speaking of Mercury Morris’ personal life, he is marred to Bobbie with whom he has three children.