PRO: Derrick Morgan was drafted by the Titans with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and since then, he has become a consistent presence on the defense, first as a defensive end and more recently as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Through the 2017 campaign, Morgan ranked ninth in franchise history with 44 career sacks, a total that also led the Titans from 2010–2017. At the end of 2017, Morgan’s five total seasons with at least six sacks ranked fourth for the franchise since 1982, behind only Ray Childress (eight seasons), William Fuller (six) and Sean Jones (six). The 6-foot-4-inch, 261-pounder combines with Brian Orakpo to make a formidable duo as the team’s starting outside linebackers. The Georgia Tech product has a reputation as a gritty player with a non-stop motor, and he has the ability to play on either side of the defensive line or at outside linebacker.
• In 2017, Morgan led the team with 7.5 sacks. It was his fifth career season with at least six sacks. He also set a career high with 59 quarterback pressures.
• In 2016, tallied a team-leading 56 quarterback pressures. Morgan also recorded a career-high nine sacks, which ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the AFC.
• In his first season at outside linebacker in 2014, Morgan led the team with 6.5 sacks and tied for the team lead and set career-best marks with 26 quarterback pressures and 13 tackles for loss. He also posted a career-high 82 tackles, nine passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
• In 2012, Morgan led the team with 6.5 sacks and 19 quarterback pressures, while also posting a then-career-high 66 tackles.
• In 2011, Morgan led the team with 20 quarterback pressures.
• As a rookie in 2010, saw action in four games and amassed 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks before being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
• In 2009, Morgan’s junior year at Georgia Tech, he won Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the ACC with 12.5 sacks and finishing second in the conference with 18.5 tackles for loss.
• With help from his wife, Chef Charity Morgan (chefcharitymorgan.com; @chefcharitymorgan on Instagram), Derrick sparked a change in many of his teammates that they credit with maximizing their energy and athleticism. After he transitioned to a vegan diet, several teammates followed—particularly on defense—and as of 2017 there were more than 10 Titans players on plant-based diets.
• Morgan is a 2016 graduate of the University of Miami’s Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program.
• As an angel investor, Morgan supports startup businesses he believes in by providing funding in exchange for equity.
• Morgan’s entrepreneurial and community interests coalesced with his co-founding of Huddle Ventures, which he launched “to address challenges facing minority entrepreneurs by providing access to influencers in order to design smarter pathways to growing and sustaining wealth.” Morgan and his company sent 100 students to South by Southwest in 2017 to help them pursue jobs with tech firms.
• During the 2017 offseason, Morgan hosted his All Pro 2.0 Football and Tech Camp in Nashville, during which participants were “introduced to a new world of imagination and creativity through football and STEM based learning using professional-grade technology and methods that your typical football camp will not have.”
• Morgan helped deliver his daughter at home in April 2015.
• Morgan changed his jersey number from 90 to 91 during the 2012 offseason. He is familiar with the number 91, having worn it during his three seasons at Georgia Tech. Former Titans defensive lineman Jason Jones wore 91 in Morgan’s first two seasons with the club.
• Morgan credits his mother, Pamela Sweigart, as his primary role model in life. He also says that she should be credited with his football success, since, even as a single parent, she managed to take him to every practice and every game during his youth.
• The Coatesville, Pa., native was selected by the Titans in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
• In three seasons at Georgia Tech, Morgan totaled 115 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, six fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 39 games. He played in 12 games as a reserve defensive end during his freshman season and then started all 27 of the team’s games during his sophomore and junior seasons at left defensive end. His 19.5 sacks ranked seventh in Georgia Tech history.
• As a junior (2009), named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference (eighth in nation) with 12.5 sacks, which tied for fourth on school’s single-season record list. During his team’s ACC Championship season, his career-best 55 tackles ranked fifth on the squad. With 18.5 tackles for losses, he ranked second in the ACC and also tied for seventh on Tech’s annual record chart. He added one pass defensed, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 14 games. Earned first-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and American Football Coaches Assocation, and added second-team honors from Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News.
• As a sophomore (2008), started all 13 games and ranked second on the team (eighth in ACC) with seven sacks. Also led the team’s defensive linemen with 51 tackles and added 9.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, four fumble recoveries (tied for second in nation) and one blocked field goal.
• As a freshman (2007), saw action in 12 of 13 games as a reserve and registered nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one pass defensed.
• Enrolled in January 2007 and participated in spring practice.
• Majored in business management.
• Married and has a son and a daughter.
• Listed by Rivals.com and SuperPrep as the first-overall prospect in Pennsylvania when he was coming out of Coatesville (Pa.) High School. He earned first-team All-State and league Defensive Player of the Year honors after collecting seven sacks, six tackles for loss and 47 tackles as a senior defensvie end. He also recorded 523 yards and eight touchdowns as a running back.
• Member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
• List of favorites: (movie) “Boyz n the Hood”; (TV show) “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”; (actor) Will Smith; (music artist) The Notorious B.I.G.; (school subject) entrepreneurship; (video game) Call of Duty; (food) pizza; (sports hero) Jerry Rice; and (sports team as a child) San Francisco 49ers.
• Follow Morgan on Twitter and Instagram at @dmorg91.
• Born Derrick Lee Morgan on Jan. 6, 1989 in Lancaster, Pa.