Sept. 4, 2003
BERKELEY - Craig Morton, former Super Bowl quarterback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has returned to his alma mater as a major gift officer for the University of California's Athletic Development Office, Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs John Garamendi Jr. announced today.
Morton, a three-year starter at Cal form 1962-64 who broke virtually every school passing record en route to first team All-America honors his senior season, will be involved in football-related fund raising for the Athletic Department, Garamendi said.
"We are so fortunate to have someone of Craig Morton's stature and experience available to us," said Garamendi. "He is truly one of the legends of Cal football and he truly cares about the future of the program. We believe he is ideally suited to help us generate the needed support to take Golden Bear football to another level."
"I have been looking forward to pursuing this type of endeavor for a long time," said Morton. "I love Cal and have always wanted to give back something to the university. It gives me great pride and satisfaction to be back where it all started for me. I am extremely excited about the new direction of Cal athletics and particularly the job that Jeff Tedford has done with the football program."
Morton, a native of Campbell, Calif., passed for 4,501 yards in his three seasons at Cal, a Pacific-8 Conference record at the time and still No. 9 on the school's all-time list. He was the 1964 recipient of the Pop Warner Award, given to the most valuable senior on the West Coast.
Morton was the fifth player selected in the 1965 NFL Draft and guided both the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl. Morton, who passed for 27,908 yards and 183 touchdowns during his 18-year NFL career with the Cowboys, Broncos and New York Giants, was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Last year, he was also elected to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.