1972 Dolphins' Morris calls Rodgers' belt celebration 'the classiest swagger'
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MIAMI, Fla. - Mercury Morris was one of three big-name running backs that helped the 1972 Miami Dolphins to become the first team ever to go undefeated. The current Packers are more than halfway to becoming the second as they ride the arm of Aaron Rodgers.
The old-school Morris says Rodgers' touchdown celebration is not only "the classiest swagger I've ever seen," but appreciates its team-centered philosophy.
"He's letting you know, 'This is what we're after, that goes around the waist right here,' " Morris told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.
"You don't see him pointing to his own name on the back of his jersey like some of these buffoons do, thinking it's about them, not remembering that there were 10 other guys that helped him do that. His is about team. That's one of the most important things. And also, this is a white guy doing this, and the way he does it, he tops everybody."
Morris said he took to the "belt" celebration from the first time he laid eyes on Rodgers' gesture.
"The first time I saw it, I went, 'What?' I liked it."
The back who gained 1,000 yards on the ground in the 1972 Dolphins' "perfect season" explained the entertainment nature of football today, in comparison to when he was playing.
"One time, I held the ball up in the air in the end zone. It was the last time I scored a touchdown with the Dolphins in 1975. I went to the sidelines, and Shula goes, 'What are you doing? We don't do that kind of crap around here! Don't you ever let me see you doing that!'
"Now, everybody has their own deal that they do, with the kids coming in now."
Check back for part three Thursday morning of Newsradio 620 WTMJ's exclusive interview about the Packers' currently undefeated season with 1972 Dolphins running back Mercury Morris.
He'll give his thoughts on whether the Packers would be invited to an undefeated championship champagne toast if they go 19-0.