Morris takes NFL one year at a time
Patriots running back Sammy Morris has a couple of career ideas brewing for when he retires from the NFL. But he doesn’t expect that to be any time soon.
The 33-year-old Morris, who is entering his 11th season and fourth with the Patriots, said yesterday his body is ready for another year of pounding, and that he doesn’t have a timetable for his career.
“As long as they’ll still have me,’’ said Morris when asked how long he’ll play. “When I first got in the league I always said if I played 10 years that would be the best possible scenario. Now that I’ve passed that, I don’t look at it as I want to play until year 13 or whatever. Each year is its own entity. As long as I still feel good and as long as a team will still have me, I’m playing as long as I can. I felt as good going into this upcoming training camp as any other one.’’
Players are off until training camp begins the last week of July, and Morris said he is putting a lot of emphasis on conditioning. He also is using the time to squeeze in a camp for local athletes.
When Morris decides to call it quits, he can see a future coaching high school or college athletes. Morris, who played at Texas Tech, will have the opportunity to test his coaching skills at his camp July 15-17 at the Army Field in Foxborough.
Morris will team with friend and former Redskins linebacker Devin Lemons for the three-day camp for players ages 8 to 18. The camp is important to Morris, who said he didn’t have the opportunity to participate in similar clinics when he was young.
“There was never an NFL team or even player presence in the [San Antonio] area when I was growing up,’’ he said. “Really, I got my work done just actually playing and practicing . . . and kind of looking back on it I always wished there was something else that I could have done to improve my skills early on and improve on the foundation.
“I’ve always found and felt there’s always room to improve and things you can learn and people you can learn from. I wanted to do that in an area that was special to me.’’
Monique Walker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.