- Morris Stroud
Morris Stroud Date of birth May 17, 1946 Place of birth Miami, FL Position(s) Tight end College Clark Atlanta Common Draft 1969 / Round 3 Jersey Number 83 Career highlights Honors American Football League Champion, 1969 Stats Statistics Teams 1969
AFL Kansas City Chiefs
NFL Kansas City Chiefs
Morris Stroud (born May 17, 1946), was a former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He did not play in the 1969 regular season but was on the roster for the 1969 AFL Championship Game. From 1970 to 1974, he played for the NFL's Chiefs. At 6'-10", Stroud is one of the tallest players in Pro Football history, ranking behind 7-foot Richard Sligh, a defensive tackle who played eight games with the Oakland Raiders in 1967, and Bob Bobinghanger. Stroud wore uniform #88.
As a student at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, the Miami, Florida-born Stroud was a center and power forward on the Panthers' basketball team. Despite Stroud having little experience on the gridiron, Chiefs head coach Hank Stram selected him in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft as a tight end.
In seven years, Morris Stroud caught 54 passes for 977 yards, seven touchdowns, and averaged 18.1 yards per reception. However, Stroud became a notable special teams player — specifically at blocking field goals. On many opponents' field goal attempts, Stroud lined up under the goalposts and tried to deflect the ball as it came down. Later rule changes led to the adoption of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (informally known as the "Stroud Rule"): "Goal tending by any player leaping up to deflect a kick as it passes above the crossbar of a goal post is prohibited. The referee could award 3 points for a palpably unfair act".
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV Champions
3 Jan Stenerud | 6 Warren McVea | 10 Mike Livingston | 12 Tom Flores | 14 Ed Podolak | 15 Jacky Lee | 16 Len Dawson (MVP) | 18 Emmitt Thomas | 20 Goldie Sellers | 21 Mike Garrett | 22 Willie Mitchell | 23 Paul Lowe | 24 Caesar Belser | 25 Frank Pitts | 30 Gloster Richardson | 32 Curtis McClinton | 38 Wendell Hayes | 40 Jim Marsalis | 42 Johnny Robinson | 44 Jerrel Wilson | 45 Robert Holmes | 46 Jim Kearney | 51 Jim Lynch | 55 E. J. Holub | 60 George Daney | 61 Curley Culp | 63 Willie Lanier | 65 Remi Prudhomme | 66 Bob Stein | 71 Ed Budde | 73 Dave Hill | 74 Gene Trosch | 75 Jerry Mays | 76 Mo Moorman | 77 Jim Tyrer | 78 Bobby Bell | 82 Ed Lothamer | 83 Morris Stroud | 84 Fred Arbanas | 85 Chuck Hurston | 86 Buck Buchanan | 87 Aaron Brown | 89 Otis Taylor
Head Coach: Hank Stram
Coaches: Tom Bettis | Darrel Brewster | Tommy O'Boyle | Tom Pratt | Bill Walsh
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