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Stanley Morgan

Stanley Morgan played wide receiver for the Patriots from 1977 to 1989 and hauled in 534 career reception, a franchise record that stood for 17 years. He remains the franchise record holder with 10,352 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. His career average of 19.2 yards per catch still stands as an NFL record for those with more than 500 career receptions. Morgan also holds the single season receiving record for touchdowns (12 in 1979) and yards (1,491 in 1986). A four-time Pro Bowl honoree, he also was a fine punt returner, ranking among the career leaders in Patriots history. In 2007, Morgan was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. 

From 1989 Patriots' Media Guide

Coaches hope to get ball to Stanley Morgan more in 1989...uses his brains and experience as much as he used his speed and moves when first came into 1988, played in all 16 games and had 14 starts (missed starts vs. Cincinnati on 10-16 due to concussion, suffered vs. Green Bay on 10-9 and vs. Tampa Bay on 12-17 as team opened with two tight ends)...had 31 catches for 51 yards (12.8 avg.) - team leader in receiving yards and average per catch and third best on team in number of catches...had five catches for 60 yards at Denver on 12-17, had four catches vs. Jets on 9-4 (73 yards) and four catches at Packers in Milwaukee on 10-9 (75 yards)...had at least one catch in every game but one (none vs. Cincinnati on 10-16)...had four TDs over season (all in different games)...moved into NFL's top 20 career receptions list with 506 (tied for 19th best in NFL history with former 49er Dwight Clark), with 500th catch coming on 19-yarder vs. Seattle on 12-4 (pass from Doug Flutie)...also holds team record for career receiving yardage (9,866) and career TDs (65) seventh in NFL history in receiving yards (9,866)...needs 134 receiving yards to reach 10,000 in fourth in NFL history in 100-yard receiving games during regular season (38) fourth in club history in points scored (390) and fifth in club history in games-played with 1987 he and Tippett were team's Pro Bowl representatives...second on team with 40 catches and led in receiving yards with 672 (205 more than next nearest; had a 16.8 per catch avg.)...had to miss nearly all of the final four games because of hamstring problems...had three of team's four 100-yard receiving games in 1987...has 39 career 100-yard receiving games (38 regular season games; next nearest in club history is nine) 1986, set team record for receptions and yardage in one season (84 for 1,491 yards, a 17.8 average with 10 TD catches)...had third 1,000-plus receiving yards season (club has had it done four times)...was tops in AFC in receiving yards (2nd in NFL) and was third in AFC in receptions and third in AFC in total yards...was fourth in AFC in TDs with 10...a big factor for the great season was the fact that he was in the best shape of his career, through intense off-season workouts that allowed him to lose 10 pounds. In addition, he had off-season surgery on an ailing hand...had nine games with 100-plus yards receiving, one shy of the NFL record of 10...had 100-plus receiving yards in first three games (22 catches for 381 yards in those three games)...was selected the team's MVP by the 1776 QB Club...caught TD pass at Miami with 44 seconds remaining (30 yard TD) from Steve Grogan to allow NE to down host Dolphins, 34-27, on 12-22-86 in final NFL game that was played at Orange Bowl (gave NE AFC East title) playoff game at Denver on 1-4-87, had 45 yard TD catch from Eason on flea-flicker pass (had three catches for 100 yards in game)...named All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly, by UPI, by the FootballNews and was All-Pro by NEA, AP (second team) and the Sporting News...selected to Dr. Z All-Pro team (Sports Illustrated) 1985 had 39 catches for 760 1985 playoffs led team with 14 catches for 184 yards, 13.1 avg. with one TD...led team in catches in Super Bowl with seven catches for 70 wildcard playoff game, at NY Jets, on 12-28, led NE with four catches for 62 yards, including 36 yard TD in 2nd quarter to give NE lead for AFC title game, at Miami, on 1-12, led team with 30 yards on two 1984, suffered a right hamstring pull that had Stanley miss the final two preseason games and most of the first four weeks, but came on strong and had 38 catches for 709 yards, for an 18-7 average, with five TDs and a long catch of 76 yards...became the Patriots' all-time leading reception yardage leader in ' Patriots' game with Colts in Baltimore on 10-9-83, Stanley caught personal career single game high of nine receptions...with 863 yards in 1983, Stanley led the Patriots in receiving for the fourth straight year...holds unique NFL mark in that he in only player to have averaged over 20.0 yards per catch in each of six seasons from 1977-82...over last five weeks of '82 season, had four games in which had 100 or more yards receiving...when missed opening game with knee injury in 1981, it marked the end of 62-game consecutive starting streak that began in rookie year (1977)...played in Pro-Bowl following 1979 and 1980 seasons, scoring the AFC's lone TD in a 21-7 loss to the NFC in the 1980 Pro only third pro campaign, joined Harold Jackson (1,013 yards) in becoming first Patriot to cross the 1,000 yards receiving plateau in season when had 1,002 yards on 44 reception in 1979...his 12 receiving TDs that year led league as did his 22.8 reception yard 50-21 thumping of Baltimore at Foxboro (11-18-79), returned punt 80 yards for TD, marking only third time in club history (at the time) that punt was returned for a TD...his total TD production (13) in 1979 tied Steve Grogan's club mark for 13 set in second pro season (1978) led team with 820 yards receiving and was team's top punt returner with 335 yards and 10.5 yard average on 32 rookie, turned in stellar performance with 21 receptions (second on the club), club's top reception average (21.1) and top punt return performance (16 for 220 yards and 13.8 avg.)...his 13.8 yard punt return average was second best in the AFC that year...was named to the PFW all rookie team and was tabbed as Rookie-of-the-Year by the Patriots' 1776 Fan Club...the 25th player overall and the first wide receiver taken in the 1977 NFL draft, Stanley joined CB Raymond Clayborn (16th player taken) as one of two Patriot first round choices that year.

Games Played/Started: 1977 -14/14, 1978 -16/16, 1979 -16/16, 1980 -16/16, 1981 -13/13 (started 62 consecutive games in first four years of career before missing first two games of 1981 with a left knee sprain), 1982 -9/9, 1983 -16/16, 1984 -13/12, 1985 -15/13, 1986 -16/16, 1987 -9/9, 1988 -16/14. Total: 169/164.

Other Stats: Rushing: 1977 -one for 10 yds., 1978 -two for 11 yds., 1979 -seven for 39 yds., 1980 -four for 36 yds., 1981 -two for 21 yds., 1982 -two for three yds., 1983 -one for 13 yds., 1985 -one for zero yds., 1988 -one for -6 yds. Kickoff Returns: 1979 -one for 12 yds. Fumbles: 1978 -6, 1979 -1, 1981 -2, 1983 -5, 1985 -1, 1988 -1. Fumble Recoveries: 1980 -1, 1981 -2, 1983 -2 (one for +20 yds. vs. Cleveland on 11-20), 1988 -1.