From undrafted free agent to his fourth season on the Rams active roster, Fountain-Fort Carson high school and CSU-Pueblo graduate Morgan Fox is a Division II success story.
"Always sweet when you sign a deal, especially coming from a spot where most people don't ever think you'll make it from," Fox said.
COMING UP AT 10: @FFCHSAthletics & @CSUPFootball alum .@AyyyeeeMoFox on signing a new deal with @RamsNFL, being an @NCAADII underdog and thoughts on a 2020 @NFL season. @KOAA @RMAC_SPORTS pic.twitter.com/0Jcxp3vqZf— Dylan Scott (@DylanScottTV) May 21, 2020
The Thunderwolves all-time sacks leader is one of three current CSUP players in the NFL and just re-signed a 1-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.
"You don't ever take it for granted," Fox said. "Work as hard as you can because you never know who's watching."
The 6'3 275 lb. force has found a home on defensive cooridnator Brandon Staley's vaunted defensive line, which features talents such as Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
"It's pretty awesome those guys are special," Fox said. "They're great guys, you can call them whenever and they answer, we go out to dinner."
Despite missing 2018 with a knee injury, the 25-year old has made an impact in his three years with 42 tackles (6TFL) and 4.5 sacks since entering the league in 2016.
"I just want to be better than I was last year and help the team in any way I can," Fox said.
With a new lease on his dream, Fox has been spending his time during the COVID-19 pandemic making sure he hangs around even longer. Working out at home and The Football Elite Academy in Westlake (CA).
"That little chip on your shoulder helps keep you focused on getting another deal," Fox said.
An eternal optimist, the Rams defensive end is confident he'll be able to suit up for the 2020 season.
"I'm confident in the league as well as every organization's ability to keep their players safe," Fox said. "I think we'll be alright."
Having the time to reflect on a wild ride from Fountain to Pueblo and then Los Angeles, Fox is both amazed and satisfied to see how far football has taken him.
"I think it's honestly a combination bit of both, you put in the work so you have the confidence you can be there," Fox said. "Whenever you have the opporunity or make the team, you're stll thankful to be here."