Brett Morris’ dad says his son’s devastating knee injury is like a “death in the family” as the Roosters star comes to terms with what is almost certainly a career-ending blow.
Morris ruptured his ACL in a win over Newcastle on Saturday night, sparking an outpouring of emotion from the NRL community.
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The 34-year-old broke down in tears in the Roosters’ changeroom after the game as cameras caught him being consoled by twin brother Josh.
Victory celebrations in the sheds were ignored as players tried to digest the cruel twist for one of the NRL’s most respected players.
Morris’ season is over and barring a miracle, so is his career — something his dad Steve, a Dragons legend, is struggling to come to terms with.
“It hit everyone. I was watching at home and had tears in my eyes and I’m sure anyone with family would have felt the same way,” Steve told The Daily Telegraph.
“I rang him up the next day and I lost it and told him I’d have to ring him back. I couldn’t talk.
“When Josh put his arm around Brett in the dressing room, that was the sign there was something serious going on. It was pretty emotional.
“I was in the lounge room by myself watching it and later on my daughter said, ‘Couldn’t you hear him screaming?’ I could see he was in agony but I couldn’t hear it. I’m glad I couldn’t.
“They both put so much effort in and have been at the top for so long. It’s a hard life, it’s a hard game, it’s not easy. The commitment they have shown to the game and their teams has been unbelievable.”
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A NSW and Kangaroos representative, Morris was all class after suffering his injury, telling his Roosters teammates not to worry about him because they needed to focus on the rest of the season.
“Brett Morris spoke superbly when Trent Robinson and all the players came in and sat around him and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also spoke as well on the back of that,” Fox Sports’ James Hooper told The Big League Wrap on Sunday.
“In typically selfless Brett Morris style, he didn’t want to make it about him. He just said to the group afterwards what a privilege and an honour it was to captain the club.”
Roosters coach Trent Robinson told reporters on Saturday evening: “Shattering is the word. It was a really, really tough night for us … it’s one of the proudest and worst sheds I’ve been in.
“We’ve got a group of guys that really care for each other and love playing together and you’ve got a guy that’s a legend of our game, one of the best wingers we’ve seen, and he’s possibly just finished his career.
“It’s a sad night for us but no-one ever gets a fairytale. Jake (Friend) didn’t get one, Brett didn’t get one. But they did get fairytales in the way the way their career was played.”
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