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Greg Morton

When Akron Central High School and Hower Vocational merged to form Central-Hower in 1971 Greg Morton was the new school's first football player to earn a NCAA Division I scholarship. He joined Barberton native, SCSHOF Inductee and legendary head coach, Bo Schembechler, at Michigan. After sitting out his freshman year, Morton became an outstanding defensive tackle for the Wolverines from 1974-76. Despite being one of the smallest defensive linemen in the Big 10 at 6'2", 225 pounds, Morton helped the Big Blue compile season records of 10-1 in 1974, 8-2-2 in '75 and 10-2 in '76. In 1975 Morton led Michigan with 107 tackles, including 16 for 48 yards in losses. His performance earned Morton and Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett NCAA Player of the Year honors from the ABC television sportscasters. "He's super quick, reacts like a cat and is surprisingly strong," praised Schembechler, who continued, "he's the quickest and most aggressive tackle in America." That junior campaign also saw Morton get nine tackles in the 22-0 victory over Ohio State for the Big-10 title. Michigan earned an Orange Bowl berth in 1976 and a Rose Bowl bid in '77, but unfortunately lost both games, 14-6, to Oklahoma and Southern Cal, respectively. The Buffalo Bill's of the National Football League drafted Morton where he played two seasons before giving up the game for good. Today he serves as a chief probation officer in Fort Worth, TX.

Inducted 2001 | Football