John Melville Morrow, age 84, of Sherwood, WI, passed away October 21, 2017. He was born April 27, 1933 in Port Huron MI, son of John and Dorothy (Frack) Morrow. John graduated from Ann Arbor High School. John attended Staunton Military Academy before attending the University of Michigan.
John was a talented multi-sport athlete, excelling at football and basketball, playing for U of M Wolverines football teams from 1953 to 1955.
He married Gail Lundstrom of Manistique, Michigan in 1956.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 28th round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played three seasons and appeared in 35 games for the Rams, principally as a center, during the 1956, 1958, and 1959 NFL seasons. John was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he played for seven seasons from 1960 to 1966. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1961 and 1963 and was the starting center on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the 1964 NFL Championship Game.
“Center John Morrow was a superb pass blocker, who could open holes up the middle for the Browns' running game and had the speed to get outside and downfield to help spring Cleveland's backs.” –Jim Cnockaert, author of Michigan: Where Have You Gone?
After football, John had a successful career in the paper industry. He enjoyed golf, sailing, skiing, and was a breeder of Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
In retirement, John loved to spend time maintaining the Lundstrom Family "Camp Retreat" in Manistique, Michigan.
John was a dedicated husband and loving father. He is survived by his brother Tom of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and daughter Johnna Morrow of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
John was preceded in death by his wife Gail on October 9th, 2017, brother Gordon, and sister Ann Woodell.
A memorial service for John and Gail will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in John’s honor.