Sean J. Morey ’99
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Year Inducted: 2007
Among the players he has coached in his 13 seasons at Brown, Head Football Coach Phil Estes calls Morey the one most responsible for the program’s turnaround in that span. He was Brown’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the program’s first Player of the Year, and is the only Brown athlete to have his number retired. Morey graduated with five Ivy League records and 11 Brown records, finishing in the top five in four Division I-AA statistics. Morey was named one of four wide receivers on Brown’s 125th Anniversary Team in November of 2003.
Morey’s assault on the record books was unparalleled in Brown football history. He set Ivy League career records with 251 receptions, 3,850 receiving yards and 39 receiving touchdowns. Those first two numbers were third-best all-time in NCAA Division I-AA when Morey graduated, the third number good for fourth. Morey’s 96.3 receiving yards and 6.28 receptions per game were fifth- and 10th-best all-time as well. With 1,736 kickoff return yards in his career, Morey’s 143.1 all-purpose yards per game put him 22nd in the I-AA record book. He also graduated with Brown records for points scored (240) and kickoff return yards (1,736).
Morey came out of the chute with a bang his freshman season in 1995, catching 34 passes for 454 yards and seven touchdowns to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, also returning kickoffs for 386 yards. He doubled his receiving output the following year, catching 60 balls for 939 yards and seven more TDs, adding 372 kickoff return yards. That year was the first of three consecutive First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-New England seasons. The Bears went 5-5 both seasons, but improved in the Ivy League from 2-5 in 1995 to 4-3 in 1996.
In his 1997 Ivy League Player of the Year season, Morey set two more Ivy records with 1,434 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches. He also broke three Brown single-game records. He scored three receiving touchdowns against Cornell and Columbia, breaking a record with 221 receiving yards against the Big Red. He had a record 92-yard touchdown reception against Fordham that season as well. He earned First Team All-American honors from Football Gazette and Second Team honors from the Associated Press. With his 460 kickoff return yards, he had 1,924 all-purpose yards, a career high. Brown went 7-3 on the season, posting a 4-3 Ivy League mark.
Morey’s final season was a solid encore, as he earned Second Team USA Today/ESPN All-American honors after catching 83 passes, a Brown record, for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. A Burger King Preseason All-American, Morey set a career high with 518 kickoff return yards, returning one for a touchdown. Morey, a team captain, led the Bears to another 7-3 season, as the team posted a 5-2 mark in the Ancient Eight.
Morey was drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, and has enjoyed a successful NFL career on special teams. After playing in two games for the Patriots in two years, he was released and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he blossomed into one of the NFL’s top special teams players, being named to Dr. Z’s All-Pro Team in Sports Illustrated in 2004. In 2006, he was special teams captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as he became the first Brown alum to win a Super Bowl. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Morey signed with the Arizona Cardinals.