James Perry says two words best explain how his former go-to wide receiver at Brown University, Sean Morey, has floated between some of the winningest football franchises the last decade.
"Work ethic," said Perry, now an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, who was driving around Milwaukee yesterday on a recruiting mission.
"It's corny, but it's true. First of all, he's got a ton of talent (he ran a 10.84 100 meters in high school). I saw that the first day I threw to him. But I've never been around a guy who works harder in all my years as a player and now a coach. Nobody."
Morey's "work ethic" has taken him a long way. This week the Marshfield, Mass., native is in Tampa with the Arizona Cardinals for Super Bowl XLIII. The Cardinals' special teams captain, who was initially drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots in 1999, will be leaving after the big game for Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl.
Perry has some cachet here. He led Brown to the Ivy League championship in 1999, and holds virtually every school and Ivy League passing record, including passing yards in a season (3,255) and career (9,294), completions in a season (309) and career (789), touchdown passes in a game (6) and career (74), and total offense in a career (9,236).
But Perry says the star of stars was his college pal, who had some numbers to chew on himself.
Morey finished with an Ivy League record 251 receptions for 3,850 yards and 40 touchdowns, and was voted Ivy League player of the year in 1997. Morey, the first Brown player to have his number retired, still holds seven Ivy League records.
After starting out on the Patriots practice squad in 1999, he was cut in 2000 and caught on with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001 and played there three years before leaving for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004, playing three more years, including the 2005 season which culiminated in a Super Bowl title.