Hall of Fame

HOF Bio_Glenn Morris

Glenn Morris

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  • Induction
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    Track & Field/Football
Known as the “World’s Greatest Athlete”  after winning the 1936 Olympic Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the games in Berlin, Germany. His World Record in that event stood for 14 years (the longest retention of that record in history). Just a few years earlier, Morris was the 1932 RMAC champion in the 220 hurdles (26.5), leading Colorado State (then known as Colorado Agricultural College) to a conference team championship. Morris repeated as RMAC champ in 1933 (23.6) and 1934 (24.7) under head coach Harry Hughes (RMAC Hall of Fame, Class of 2014). On the football field, Morris was All-RMAC as an end in 1933 and selected to play in the East-West Shrine game. During his time at CSU, Morris competed in the hurdles, high jump, long jump and  javelin. Decathlon was not an RMAC event at the time. He was also assistant coach at CSU in football (1934,1935) and track (1936).  In 1935 he won the Nye Award as the best athlete at CSU. In 1936 he was the Sullivan Award winner for best amateur athlete in the world. Morris was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1969, and the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. At the RMAC Centennial Celebration in 2009 Morris was recognized as the best male track & field athlete in conference history. After returning home from the Olympics to a parade in New York City, Morris starred in the 1938 movie “Tarzan’s Revenge” as Tarzan and he went on to play four games for the Detroit Lions. Morris was stationed in the Pacific as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Simla, Colo. native passed away in 1974.

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