Raheem Credits Childhood Beatings

December 20th, 2011

Last month Bucs fans learned that Raheem Morris mastered the lesson of thick skin as a young elementary schooler, after some kids said his granny looked like a bulldog. Raheem beat them up and then his mother counseled him at home.

Feel free to refresh your memory here.

Last night on The Raheem Morris Show, the head coach shared how he developed mental toughness. Thank you Michael, Barry and Harry Morris.

“I grew up around three uncles who were all older than me and they beat the crap out of me every single day,” Raheem said. “And eventually, I became the big little guy. You know, and I changed that whole perception and how to deal with it. And that’s why you can sit in front of anybody and deal with any type of mental toughness disease that you have to deal with because that’s who I am. That’s who I’ve become. Because I built it through character, and I built it through hard work, and I built it through adversity. And that’s why I thank my uncles, Michael Morris, Barry Morris, Harry Morris, so much for, for building that type of character in me. At one point, [the Bucs] will be the big boys on the block. We’ll be the guys that come out and have future Hall of Famers, and future Pro Bowlers, and guys that come out and absolutely come out and take advantage of people as we grow and learn together.”

It’s interesting to Joe that a coach that credits childhood beatings for making him mentally tough is perceived to be soft on his players and has an undisciplined team that won’t play hard for him consistently.

Regardless, Joe loves the stories Raheem shares of his youth on the tough streets of Jersey.

28 Responses to “Raheem Credits Childhood Beatings”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Raheem is a good guy. And I think he knows his football. I believe he will learn a valuable lesson from this experience. Be careful who you trust. Talib, Black, and Hayes used Raheem’s faith in them to shaft the guy. He gave them a chance, stood up and defended them, and they saw it as weakness, and layed down on the guy. Because they are lousy human beings. The slack he cut those three, who laughed behind his back, eventually wore thin with the good guys on the team. Now they are all acting like Talib and Black- half assed effort, no discipline- like they are the teachers pet.

    More than anything, I think it is those three, with their slacker attitude, that changed this years team( quitters) from last years hard working team.

    One bad apple

  2. jb Says:

    “Regardless, Joe loves the stories Raheem shares of his youth on the tough streets of Jersey.”

    There lies the problem! The man was hired to COACH A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM! NOT entertain members of the media with stories from his childhood!
    In his first game ever as BUCS head coach I actually saw Morris showing people where their seats were in the stadium by pointing to them before the kickoff! I knew then we were in trouble! Some people like and admire coaches that are funny and/or entertaining.

    Me? I like my coaches to coach!

  3. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Im sorry Morris was abused as a child, but this is the profession he chose. If you stay in thsis field, you need to improve how you coach.
    100 % agree with Capt Tim

  4. Nick2 Says:

    Great so Raheem is used to beat downs. Well that shows in the way his defenses are prepared week in and week out. One beatdown after another. I guess his thick skin is used to it but as I a Buc fan I would rather be the one doing the beating than the one taking it.

  5. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I am concerned that he may have suffered a brain injury as a result of the beatings. That would explain why he is so lost.

    Bulldogs and Uncles are neither the problem or the solution. A nice guy with cute irrelevant stories, but horrible coach is the problem.

  6. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    I want to make a joke here, but Morris took the punchline.

  7. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    With this latest passage, I think he knows the end is VERY near. At least he didnt get fired before Christmas like other corporations tend to do. I mean how else are corporations supposed to pay end of year bonuses to their CEOs.

    I agree with the Capt’s post.

  8. Anthony Says:

    He also said these players play hard for each other, which is a flat out lie.

  9. eric Says:

    no wonder the grandmother ran a lot with that collection of ass kickers around.

  10. Tampa@ Says:

    Raheem probably is a nice guy. But he is no Head Coach. Let him go learn the position before taking it again, somewhere else.

  11. Nick Says:

    Pssh…this ain’t got nothing on Gruden’s stories about working at hooters or being a Bucs ball boy as a kid…

  12. Macabee Says:

    Thomas 2.2, Recognize when the deed is done or when the “sale is closed”. No need to be mean or cross an ethical line that you should be aware of more than most given your background. Now Joe is the sole arbiter of fairplay on this website and I don’t intend to step into that space, but there is a line. In this society, we give people who have been abused or is mentally challenged wide berth. And I would expect for you to do the same!

  13. eric Says:

    ive been on the receiving end of a firing and delivery end.

    not fun.

    but rah will get a years pay to regrpup.

    not such a bad deal. he can join the ffcaa with jon. he took it well.

    lots of guys im ffcaa. and come back.

  14. NickinMelbourne Says:

    Macabee I understand your concern and agree. That being said, I am tired of all of the people feeling sorry for Raheem. This guy gets paid more money than most you or I will ever see. Why? To make the hundreds of thousands of Buccaneer fans miserable every Sunday and then the rest of the week. Quite a travesty in my book. Its sad that one mans incompetence is not only rewarded but revered by some individuals and the result is many unhappy people who are loygal buc fans and only want a competitive product and players we can admire and not be disgusted with. His defense of thugs like Talib is particularly unnerving. I will not compare it to any physical abuse of any kind but there is a side to this which is abusive to fans which deserve much more.

  15. SkookumSmitty Says:

    eric…Are your fingers drunk?

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    Did Rah also mention he walked 20 miles to school every day in the snow, up hill, both ways, bare footed.

    Stop, or my Grandma will shoot.

    Look, I’m sorry, but this is just so much BS, and I ain’t buying it. Yeah maybe his Uncle plumbed him up once or twice when he really deserved it, for doing a host of bad things. Mental toughness my @$$. Ask any soldier about mental toughness, and all the BS they go through every single day with little pay. Raheem, you are so full of crap, you don’t know jack squat about Discipline or Mental Toughness. I’d say you were more of a spoiled brat, that ran the streets, did what he wanted, and rarely got caught. Somehow I missed the translation or correlation. STFU, coach your team, because your 15 minutes is almost up.

  17. HFXBUC Says:

    Maybe Raheem needs to bring one of his uncles into the middle of the locker room and beat him senseless…. maybe just to show everyone he’s crazy and means business….

  18. NunPuncher Says:

    Another day…another embarrassment

  19. Hillbilly Heaven Says:

    Yesterday, I decalred that to be the day that I was most embarassed by the team that I have been loyal to since 1976.

    I stand corrected!

  20. gotbbucs Says:

    I’m sorry, I’m sure Morris is a nice guy and sounds like he had an interesting upbringing, but all I want to hear from my head coach is X’s and O’s. Some of us take our football seriously and expect the leaders of our favorite teams to do the same. This team has turned into an absolute circus side show and I’m sick of it.
    Normally it bothers the hell out of me to miss even one snap, but Saturday night the wife and I went out to eat and I could have given a sh!t less what was happening with that game.
    Raheem Morris, STFU and try coaching football for a change!!! Might as well get refocused on the D-Backs again because you’ll never again elevate above that position.

  21. tj Says:

    Sounds like child abuse . I got the next job for Raheem he should sell his story to Tyler Perry . Lol . But for real I so think Raheem would be great as a tv anlalist

  22. Pete Dutcher Says:

    You guys completely missed his point:

    At one point, [the Bucs] will be the big boys on the block. We’ll be the guys that come out and have future Hall of Famers, and future Pro Bowlers, and guys that come out and absolutely come out and take advantage of people as we grow and learn together.”

    But that doesn’t surprise me.

  23. OAR Says:

    So, he thinks “someday” we will be the “big boys on the block”, after all these a$$ kickings??
    LOL Glad I missed his point, again!
    But, maybe he’s right though? Right after he’s gone!

  24. raphael Says:

    someday we will have a real football coach !

  25. raphael Says:

    at some point …talib,jones and jackson will be gone and we will have a real football coach….can’t wait

  26. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Someday: Pete Doucher will “WAKE THE F–k UP”

  27. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Ok macabee if that joke was in poor taste I apologize. However, my broader point is that why when he is asked about issue related to football does he inject irrelevant nonsense about bulldogs and child beatings – and if his incles were adults possibly child abuse.

  28. eric Says:

    Maybe his uncles are still kicking his ass? Like around the Holidays for old times sake?

    I mean he enjoyed it so much why stop.