Morgan, Michael

Graduation Year: 1984
Category: Athlete

Mike Morgan, Class of 1984, enjoyed an outstanding career at Bergen Catholic as a tailback in football and as a shortstop in baseball. His accomplishments on the gridiron earned him national and statewide recognition. As a three-year starter. he scored a total of 306 points overall (including 49 TDs), rushed for 2,980 yards and 41 TDs, made 26 catches for 376 yards and five scores, and even threw a TD pass. Including his totals as a thrilling kickoff and punt returner, he amassed an amazing total of 4,198 All-Purpose yards. His total of three Punt Return TDs stands as a career school record, and he ranks in second place in career Total Points, Total TDs, Rushing Yards, and Rushing TDs. Despite having his senior season cut short due to a broken ankle, he was selected to Bally’s “Super 100” All-American Team, and was an All-State and All Parochial All-State selection for the second straight year. On the Bergen County front, he was a two-time All-County honoree and was also selected to The Record’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s. His sensational performance during the 1982 season spearheaded the Crusaders to an 11-0 record, the program’s first national ranking (#10 in the USA Today Super 25 Poll), and the top rating in the State of New Jersey. During that season, Morgan scored a school-record and State-high 29 TDs (despite sitting out the second halves of several blowout wins), and his total of 174 points (also a school record) fell just one point shy of legendary future NFL star Craig “Ironhead” Heyward’s total of 175 for the top mark in the State. In 1982, Mike rushed for 1,221 yards and 22 TDs, caught 12 passes for 240 yards and five TDs, and returned two punts for scores to help the Crusaders set a then-school-record total of 390 points. He went on to play at The College of the Holy Cross. Mike, who recently retired after a career at UPS, is the youngest of seven brothers. He lives in Rochelle Park with his wife Denise. He has three children: Erin DeSpirito (Anthony), Jack, and Kelly.