Jan. 28, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Florida Atlantic football player Alfred Morris concluded his second NFL season by participating in the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii. It was Morris' first appearance in the event and he is the first to represent FAU in the all-star game.
The Pro Bowl had a new format this year with retired players Jerry Rice, and Deion Sanders drafting selected pro bowlers to their respective teams. The new format eliminated the NFC vs. AFC format of previous years. Morris was selected in the 19th round of the player draft by Team Sanders.
Morris made his presence felt, leading team Sanders with four catches for 69 yards and averaging 17.2 yards a reception. He also ran the ball twice for four yards. His first catch came in the second quarter on a short pass from Cam Newton. Morris took the ball 15 yards before having the ball knocked loose by Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs. Morris next reception was his longest of the game, a 27-yard scramble on a short pass from Cam Newton towards the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter Morris moved team Sanders into scoring position with a 15-yard reception to the four-yard line.
Newly hired FAU head football coach Charlie Partridge had an interest in team Sanders, not only for Morris, but as his former University of Wisconsin standout player JJ Watt of the Houston Texans was team Sanders Pro Bowl Captain. Watt finished the game with one tackle, a sack of Alex Smith for a loss of eight. Watt's celebration after the play, a tribute to the game's Hawaii location, was as spectacular as the sack. Watt paddled an imaginary surfboard before jumping up as if catching a wave.