Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Dan Morgan will now forever have his name etched among college football’s all-time greats as he was named to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class on Monday.
Morgan was one of the 13 selected by the National Football Foundation, a list that included USC quarterback Carson Palmer, Kansas State running back Darren Sproles, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, Eastern Illinois quarterback Tony Romo and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Morgan holds Miami’s career tackles record with 532. He was the 2000 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, when he became the first player in college football history to sweep three major defensive awards (Butkus Award, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy).
While not making the final cut for the 2021 group of inductees, fellow Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and quarterback Ken Dorsey were the other finalists with UM ties out of the 78 total that were announced in June.
Miami now has nine players and 13 overall representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame: Bennie Blades (2006), Don Bosseler (1990), Dennis Erickson (2019), Andy Gustafson (1985), Jack Harding (1980), Ted Hendricks (1987), Jimmy Johnson (2012), Russell Maryland (2011), Ed Reed (2018), Vinny Testaverde (2013), Gino Torretta (2009) and Arnold Tucker (2008).
Morgan’s Hurricanes teams in the late 1990s and 2000 paved the way for the 2001 Miami team to be one of the most dominant national champions in college football history.
He went on to be a first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2001 NFL draft to the Carolina Panthers.
In seven seasons with the Panthers, he had 390 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles. When his Carolina team reached Super Bowl 38, he set the Super Bowl record for total tackles (solo plus assisted) in the game with 18.
Morgan arrived at UM after playing in high school at Taravella High School in Coral Springs.