Former Kentucky, Baylor coach Guy Morriss reveals Alzheimer's battle

By The Sports Xchange   |   May 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM

Former Kentucky and Baylor head coach Guy Morriss revealed he is battling Alzheimer's disease, WKYT-TV in Lexington reported.

Morriss, who also played 15 NFL seasons as an offensive lineman, said he was diagnosed last fall. He said he was having trouble doing minor tasks.

"At first I couldn't write my name," Morriss told WKYT. "I would not write my name. I didn't know my ABCs. I couldn't do that little rhyme."

Morriss, 66, said there has been progress -- "Dressing myself is a win for me. Tying my shoes is a win for me," he said.

Dr. Greg Jicha, who is treating Morriss, told WKYT that it is possible Morriss' long NFL career -- he played in 217 regular-season games with the Philadelphia Eagles (11 seasons) and New England Patriots (four) from 1973-87 -- is a factor.

"We know that many NFL players and folks who have engaged in careers where repetitive head injury, even mild head injury, can leave them predisposed to a variety of conditions," Jicha said.

Morriss compiled a 27-54 record in seven seasons as a college head coach. He went 9-14 as Kentucky's coach in 2001-02, and 18-40 in five seasons at Baylor before being fired after the 2007 campaign.

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