Brett Morris may have seen his career end with a torn ACL when he was in the best shape ever.
That was the verdict of a trio of legends after the Sydney Roosters winger injured his knee in a win over Newcastle on Saturday night.
Morris was in tears after the game, consoled by his twin brother Josh in the locker room. He had already scored 11 tries this season when he was 34, bringing his career total to 176.
“When the players finish, not many players play their best football,” great Peter Sterling told Eels. The Sunday Footy Show. “He’s in better shape in his career. His last two seasons have been remarkable.
“He won a prime ministerial post with the Roosters (2019) at the end of his career, having won one with St George Illawarra’s side in 2010. He is fourth all-time on the scorecard test, only Ken Irvine ahead of him when it comes to wingers.
“He did it all; 18 tests, 15 origins, 276 freshman games, and he’s playing as well as he’s ever played.”
Panthers and Roosters great Brad Fittler said the injury apparently did what form couldn’t in stopping Morris.
“He’s one of the best wingers in the game. You have to feel for him,” Fittler said on The Sunday Footy Show.
Shark legend Paul Gallen said Morris was still playing by home state standards.
“Still one of the best wingers in the competition over the past two years,” Gallen said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“You give him half a chance, he gets it. He scores the try 99% of the time. He’s so tough, one of the biggest wingers in the game.
“And such a good guy, honestly one of the nicest guys you’ve ever met. I’ve been lucky enough to tour with him many times, I’ve played a lot of State of Origin with him. Just one. great guy, great family man, the type of guy you want on your team.
“Going out like this, it must be really, really hard for him. I don’t know if that will end him, or if he will want to come back and prove to everyone that he can come back but it’s going to be a big demand on him. 34, 35 or at age, returning from knee reconstruction.
“But he was good enough. It wouldn’t be based on form if he couldn’t land another contract somewhere, even at the Roosters. It would be based on whether he thinks he can come back and play the football he was playing. “
Sterling said the two Morris twins were aptly named after them, being the sons of former Australian test player Steve ‘Slippery’ Morris.
“Him (Brett) and Josh, they rose to the challenge,” Sterling said.
Fittler added: “They don’t have ego, they just put in a lot of effort. It always seems to be about the team and their teammates.
“We haven’t seen a lot of highlights of Brett Morris chasing players. He’s chased more players and saved more tries than I think anyone I’ve ever seen in the game. week after week.
“Their energy level and the way they put their energy towards their teammates and their club stood out remarkably. I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about them, from the perspective of not prioritizing to others, whatever we ask of football players. “
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