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“West Icelander” plays for Colts

A descendant of Icelandic immigrants, Robert Samuel Morris, plays for the Indianapolis Colts, which beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in the American Super Bowl on Monday.

According to Morgunbladid, Morris is the descendant of Icelandic Mormons in Utah and the first “West Icelander” to become a NLF league champion. Icelanders who migrated to America in the late 19th century are known as Vesturíslendingar, or “West Icelanders.”

Morris’ great-great grandparents, Eyjólfur Eiríksson and Jarthrúdur Runólfsdóttir, from the farm Nýibær in south Iceland, migrated to Utah in the 1880s.

Morris was born in 1975 and studied at the Brigham Young University in Utah. He played American football for the university team and was chosen the best defender in the history of the university.

Since 2000, Morris has played for the Indianapolis Colts.

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