Bill "Wildcat" Morris is best known as one of UNLV's top boosters and founding member of the school's University Rebels Club. But Morris' contributions extend far beyond his work on the booster club.
Morris was born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1927 and passed away in July of 1998. He resided in Clark County for 59 years, and left an indelible mark on the community.
After being named MVP of the 1944 Las Vegas High School football team that went undefeated, unscored upon and did not allow consecutive first downs for an entire season, Morris went on to a standout career at Nevada-Reno and played in the 1948 Hula Bowl.
Morris practiced law for more than 40 years in Southern Nevada. His work on the UNLV Booster's Club was instrumental in acquiring funding, lobbying lawmakers, and recruiting students, teachers, coaches, and administrators for UNLV programs. In addition, he served on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors.
He devoted many of his efforts toward the building of Sam Boyd Stadium, the Thomas & Mack Center and the Paul McDermott Physical Education Complex.
Morris has been inducted into both the Nevada-Reno and UNLV Halls of Fame.
He passed away in 1998 at the age of 70.
Born: September 13, 1927
Claim to Fame: Star football player at Las Vegas High School; long-time president of the University Rebels Club; instrumental in the building of Sam Boyd Stadium and the Thomas & Mack Center; received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the National Council of Christians and Jews in 1983.