Center Jon Morris, the former Holy Cross standout who played for the Patriots from 1964-74, has been selected for induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Morris' selection was made by the newly formed Senior Committee. Morris will be joined this year as an inductee by one of three yet-to-be-announced finalists.
A member of the Patriots' 50th anniversary team, 35th anniversary team, and 1960s all-decade team, Morris was a six-time AFL all-star. He had been a finalist for induction in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
“It was overwhelming,” Morris said after receiving a call from owner Robert Kraft on Friday. “I thought my days were numbered. This announcement came as a complete surprise. I consider this the crowning achievement of my football life and I am so thankful to the Kraft family and the selection committee for allowing me to experience this feeling."
The Senior Committee, a 10-person group consisting of some of the most tenured Patriots beat writers and staff, felt it was time that Morris' wait officially ended. The establishment of the committee was to ensure that early-era players who are deserving of induction are given that consideration.
The Patriots plan to announce the finalists for the other inductee on April 15. Fan voting, on Patriots.com, will then determine the inductee.