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Butch Morse
Born December 5, 1910
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died May 22, 1995(1995-05-22) (aged 84)
Corvallis, Oregon
Raymond Joseph "Butch" Morse (December 5, 1910 – May 22, 1995) was an American football end who played five seasons in the National Football League.

High school and college careerEdit

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Morse would later relocate to Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1931. In addition to football, where he was MVP on Benson's 1928 city championship team, he played baseball and was the leading scorer for the school's basketball team in 1930.[1]

Morse attended the University of Oregon, where he was a two-time all-Pacific Coast Conference end, and an All-American in his senior year of 1934, when he was also team co-captain.[2]

NFL careerEdit

Morse signed with the Detroit Lions in 1935, the year the Lions won their first NFL championship. Morse played for the Lions until 1940, when he was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps.[2][3] In 1944, he was an assistant coach for the Air Corps' Randolph Field Flyers in the 1944 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which the Flyers tied the heavily favored Texas Longhorns, 7–7.[2]

Personal life and legacyEdit

Morse married Alice Marie Simonsen in 1935 in Portland, and the couple had three children.[3] He was named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981[4] and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.[2] He died in Corvallis, Oregon in 1995.[3]


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