Morgan Davis, a 1999 graduate of Barron High School, has been named a Barron Golden Bears Reaching Their Dreams Hall of Fame inductee.
A presentation will be held this Friday, Sept. 22, at halftime of Barron’s home football game against Cumberland. A social will be held prior to the game in the high school commons, starting at 5:45 p.m. Kickoff is slated for 7:00.
Davis lives in Neenah, Wis., with his wife, Juliann, and their two daughters, Lexington, age 8, and Kensington, 4.
Davis was nominated for the BHS Hall of Fame by longtime Barron High School principal Kirk Haugestuen, who retired this year.
Publisher’s Note: The below information was submitted by Barron grad Daniel House.
Morgan Davis was an All–Conference player in both football and track and field during his Barron high school career. He was a three-sport athlete, also playing hockey.
Davis was an honor roll student for four years and was an active volunteer in the community. He refereed hockey, volunteered as a youth flag football coach, was a DARE role model, and tutored special education students at the elementary school.
In track and field, Davis holds the school discus record and finished third at state. He earned a full football scholarship at the University of Wisconsin as an offensive linemen. He was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Badgers and competed against some of the best talent in the Big Ten Conference.
After his senior season at Madison, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. He survived there until the final round of training camp roster cuts.
Davis graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology in December of 2004 and it served him well after completing his football career. Davis worked for an insurance company and then held multiple positions at U.S. Bank.
He was promoted in July of 2016 to lead both sites of the OSACB Team with U.S. Bank. Davis is responsible for the staff in Oshkosh, Wis., and St. Louis, Mo.
He has volunteered for Special Olympics and St. Jude’s Research Hospital and continues to make an impact on others. Davis enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering in the community.
Publisher’s note: The below article was published on July 13, 2005, by Jim Wexell of Steel City Sports. It was part of series on potential Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the 2005 NFL season.
Offensive linemen are unknowns, sure, but Google can’t be right on this one: Morgan Davis is a blues guitarist from Canada?
“That’s not me,” said Davis, the 6 foot 6, 313 pound rookie tackle with the Steelers.
“No,” Davis said. “I’m from Wisconsin.” Yes, he is. Way up in Wisconsin.”
Davis comes from Barron, located some 55 miles north of Eau Claire. As you may know, Eau Claire is French for North Pole. Or something like that.
“My hobby is pretty much my fiancé,” Davis continued. “In fact, she’s from Pittsburgh. Her name’s Juliann Hertz. We hang out a lot.”
Hertz went to Wisconsin after leading a Fox Chapel rowing team to the junior nationals. When they met as freshmen, Davis was a hockey player who dabbled in football.
“I played hockey for 13 years,” Davis said. “I was one of the few 6 foot 6 hockey players.”
So why not basketball?
“I always wanted to play full-contact sports,” he said. “When I was younger, I learned basketball was one of those games where if you touch somebody just a little bit, you get in trouble. So I’d rather play hockey, where you can run into somebody head-on and bowl them over.
“Hockey has been my first love. Football came into play when I was recruited everywhere. I finished my senior year and decided it was time to hang up my skates – at least for now.”
Davis’ father ran the Zamboni machine at the Barron community ice rink, but Davis knew he had to play football because, well, he could. He became Wisconsin’s left tackle as a junior and helped the Badgers beat Ohio State to end a 17-game winning streak. It was one of Davis’ top highlights.
“My other would be – and a lot people don’t think this is a highlight – but we had lost the axe to Minnesota the year before and last year we got it back,” he said. “It’s one of those deals where the axe belongs in Madison. That’s the way everybody feels, except for the people in Minnesota.”
Davis was a co-starter at right tackle his senior year. After an underclassman had emerged at left tackle, Davis was moved and split time with his friend Mike Lorenz. Wisconsin won its first nine games, but lost the last two of the regular season.
Lorenz, who’d been out since mid-season, came back for the Outback Bowl and the two tackles were burned by David Pollack for three sacks in Wisconsin’s third consecutive loss to end what had been a great season.
“It surprised us all,” was all Davis wanted to say about it.
With the Steelers, Davis has been working at both tackle positions, and he can also play guard. Scouts love his size, strength and intelligence. They also believe he has the frame to add several pounds. On the other hand, scouts knock his footwork and range.
“I approach it like I did the past two years at Wisconsin,” Davis said. “Nobody really gave me a shot at Wisconsin. I came from a town of 3,000 people. People said I probably shouldn’t have played there, but started for two years.
“I already said I’m going to go out and practice every day and give it my all and put everything I’ve got into each play.”