Matt Morrissey Game Issued & Signed White & Green Michigan State Spartans Nike Jersey Issued for 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic Vs Alabama Crimson Tide! Matt Morrissey is a former safety and special teams star for the Michigan State Spartans. The four-year letterwinner had 89 tackles, six pass break-ups and two interceptions in 48 career games, including four starts at safety. Morrissey was also a two-time member of the teams Eagles leadership council and is one of 29 Spartans in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times. He graduated with his bachelors degree in finance in December 2018. Morrissey was a three-year starter at safety and wide receiver for Coach Bill McNamara at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He helped the Patriots to a combined record of 28-9.757, including three-straight conference championships. The talented safety recorded 107 tackles (70 solos, 37 assists), including three for losses, four interceptions and five pass break-ups in 2013. As a wide receiver, he had 43 receptions for 783 yards 18.2 avg. He was named Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Player of the Year in 2013 and also selected Pioneer Press All-Area Defensive Player of the Year. The Spartan tradition in the Morrissey family began when Morrissey’s father, Jim, played football at Michigan State from 1981-84 and notched first-team All-Big Ten honors before going on to play in the NFL for nine seasons. The Spartan torch then traveled to his older sister, Anna, who was a three-year letterwinner on the women’s basketball team from 2012-14, winning a Big Ten Championship. Then Morrissey would finally get his chance to represent Michigan State. He received an offer from Coach Dantonio to be a Michigan State Spartan. In his senior season with the Spartans, Morrissey recorded 29 tackles (14 solo, 15 assists) with two interceptions and one pass break-up in playing all 13 games. He also ranked fourth on the team with six special teams tackles. (three on kickoffs, three on punts) Morrissey caught his first career interception at Arizona State, snaring the pass at the MSU 12-yard line and denying ASUs drive right before halftime, adding five stops, finishing with 14 production points, which led secondary and shared team lead. Against Purdue, he grabbed another interception and notched four tackles coming up big on back-to-back plays, first making a tackle on kickoff after MSU took a 23-13 lead, then ensuing play grabbing the interception to seal the victory and MSU ran out clock. He was named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week for his performance against the Boilermakers. Morrissey also tallied three tackles at Penn State, along with a pass break-up on the final play, batting down PSUs Hail Mary attempt to seal the victory for MSU. The featured white and green Michigan State Spartans nike jersey was game issued to Matt Morrissey for the 2015 Cotton Bowl which featured the Michigan State Spartans and the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 30th, 2015. The 80th Cotton Bowl Classic was a College Football Playoff semifinal between Alabama and Michigan State with the winner to compete in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. A tight first half saw Alabama take a 100 lead into half time. Near the end of the second quarter, Michigan State had its best drive of the night, but all-time winningest MSU quarterback, Connor Cook, was intercepted by Cyrus Jones. Alabama scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half and MSU turned the ball over on its first possession. Alabama could not capitalize on the turnover, but did return MSUs next punt for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach at 240 with a little over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. MSUs offense could not muster any points and were held to a total of 249 yards in a 38-0 defeat. The jersey features MICHIGAN STATE across the chest with Matt Morrissey’s 10 below in green letters. The Spartans logo displays prominently across the jersey neckline with BIG TEN Patch, Nike Logo and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic patch. On the lower left tail features a size 38 tag with L hangtag and extra 4 inch tag. Symbolic of MSUs on-field bravery, the Greek phrase, molon labe, is embroidered in the back collar of every jersey, echoing King Leonidass battle cry to come and get them as the Spartans take the field. The phrase dates back to 480 B. Morrissey has signed the front and added his #10 in black. The jersey does not show any visible wear. Awesome looking jersey obtained directly from Matt Morrissey!!! The item “MATT MORRISSEY GAME ISSUED MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS 2015 COTTON BOWL NIKE JERSEY” is in sale since Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This item is in the category “Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\College-NCAA”. The seller is “bigdawgpossessions” and is located in New York, New York. 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