Morris selected to Pats HOF by Senior Committee

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Morris selected to Pats HOF by Senior Committee

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Jon Morris, a standout center for the Patriots from 1964 to 1974, will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame later this year. Morris, drafted in the fourth round out of Holy Cross in 1964, went to seven consecutive AFL All-Star games and helped open holes for the great Patriots running back Jim Nance. Morris was selected by the newly formed, 10-person senior selection committee.The committee will meet every five years. Induction of a candidate is not automatic or mandatory and will be limited to no more than one inductee each meeting. Candidates must be retired for at least 25 years to be eligible for senior selection committee consideration.The early era candidate will need to be approved by a minimum vote of 80 percent of the senior selection committee to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.Morris will be joined in his induction later this year by a nominee voted on by fans. On Friday, the 2011 Patriots Hall of Fame committee met to discuss the candidates. Each committee member votes for three individuals to be nominated. The top three candidates will be revealed by the team April 15. Fans will then vote on which player or coach to induct.Bill Parcells, Drew Bledsoe, Leon Gray, Raymond Clayborn, and Curtis Martin are among the many names of former Patriots standouts who were talked about at length on Friday.

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