May 18, 2017
By: Steve Degler
For a span of 30 consecutive seasons (1974-2003), Kutztown University had at least one player in the NFL. Doug Dennison won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys. Bruce Harper was a record setting return man for the Jets. Dieruff High School product Andre Reed has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and played in four Super Bowls. And first-round pick John Mobley won a pair of Super Bowls with the Broncos. Now, Golden Bear All-American left tackle Jordan Morgan is hoping to start a new streak. He was chosen by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, held in his hometown of Philadelphia.
A mere seven years ago, playing in the NFL wasn’t even a thought for Morgan. How is that possible? Every young player dreams of making it to the highest level. The answer? His first game on the gridiron was in his senior year at Parkway Northwest High School. He only made it to KU because then head coach Raymond Monica was recruiting two other players at the school.
During an interview last October for the KU football halftime show, Jordan told me he decided to play football because he needed enrichment hours to graduate and was required to play a sport. “I figured I might as well try football because it was the only sport I really hadn’t attempted,” Morgan said. “Things were rough at first because I was still learning the game. I didn’t even expect to take it to the college level.”
Morgan, listed on draft day at 6-3/309, may end up moving inside to play guard in the NFL. The Bears were able to get a close look at him during Senior Bowl week since he was on the squad coached by Chicago’s staff. He’ll head to the Windy City as one of the most decorated players in KU history.
Morgan became the first lineman to be named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Year. He also won the Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the best lineman in the nation at the Division II level. And he was a first-team All-American in both his junior and senior seasons. Throw in three All-PSAC East first team selections for good measure.
And, maybe best of all, he is more than just an outstanding football player. Last month, Morgan received a Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award which recognizes the exceptional individual achievements of senior students at Kutztown. From Golden Bear to Chicago Bear, congratulations and best wishes to Jordan Morgan as he embarks on his NFL career.
(PHOTOS CREDIT OF KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY and kubears.com)