Father of Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan died Monday

Ted Morgan, the father of Gophers starting quarterback Tanner Morgan, passed away on Monday.

Tanner Morgan remembered “the best dad ever” in late-evening social-media posts. In his message, Tanner often harkened back to their deep, shared faith in God.

“Tonight my Dad entered where his true citizenship is at,” Tanner wrote in reference to Heaven. “My dad was a great man who loves serving other people. He served the Lord with passion and loved us deeply.”

In May 2020, Ted was slurring his speech and was thought to have had suffered a stroke and further tests showed brain cancer; he soon had surgery on it at Mayo Clinic. During his ensuing fight, he often said his prognosis was secondary to his understanding that he was saved by his faith in the Lord.

“It may not have seemed like it, but the Lord’s favor was all over him throughout the entire journey,” Tanner wrote Monday. “Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want them, but he is still Good. He’s still for us. He draws near he broken-hearted.”

Ted Morgan coached Tanner and was highly engaged in his career at Minnesota, traveling from their home in Kentucky to games across the Big Ten and beyond.

“I have so many great memories of him, from pee wee football to his interview at TCF (Bank Stadium) when we beat Penn State” in 2019, Morgan wrote.

When Ted was diagnosed last spring, the U was closed due to the pandemic, so Tanner could be at home and provide support to his mother, Pat, his brother and sister. It also meant Ted could tag along to Tanner’s workouts.

Tanner is entering his third full season as the starter at Minnesota this fall, and the 2019 all-Big Ten second-team QB showed how he will honor his father.

“If he were here today, his message would be to not wait for tragedy to strike to grow close to God,” Tanner wrote. “That was his message and that’s what I’m going to carry on. I’m thankful for how good the Lord has been through this trial.”

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