MORRIS VIRGIL | TRAINER
From the inner city of Chicago IL, Morris is a middle child of 12 children. He and his brother were removed from his mother at the age of 5. Childhood was not easy and very difficult for Morris as he and his brother bounced around from different foster homes and new schools every year but Morris Virgil wasn't a statistic. Through his adoptive father, Morris found love, structure and became a priority that mattered. A passion for sports, Morris was a late bloomer and did not start organized sports until 8th grade, though the classroom was always difficult, In high school Morris was a product of Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois. He was a football, Basketball and track athlete for the Tigers. A national top 100 recruit as a running back by ESPN.com (66th Overall) (16th Best RB), Rivals100.com and 247Sports in 2001 and one of the states top sprinters (10.28 100m) (21.30 200m). He went on to receive over 30 full athletic scholarships to play Football & compete in Track and field in college.
Morris went on to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. Morris majored in Applied Health Science with a focus in Sport Management/Leisure Studies. He played 4 years for the Fighting Illini, earning four letters in football and competing in track & field for 2 years as well. As a senior, he was selected as preseason ALL-BIG TEN at strong safety and was nominated for the Ronnie Lott Impact Award Trophy which recognizes the top defensive player in college football. During college Morris had a lot of individuals who believed in him, his academic advisor who pushed him in the classroom to be on the field. After college he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2006 and in 2008 signed a three-year contract to play football with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
Morris found a way to give back with starting his own business VFit Athlete in March 2011, focusing on exercise, nutrition, youth and sports training and mental health. VFit Athlete betters the community by serving hundreds of clients. Morris uses this platform to share hardships, forgiveness and hope. As a husband and father, Morris shares mistakes, instills values and encourages others to be the best version of themself. Another milestone, Morris completed his degree in 2019. Morris continues to give back to the community through volunteering at the local schools to help kids find their potential in the classroom and field. Morris’s focus is to make a difference for young students and adults in the community. He’s grateful for those that believed in him, gave him chances and in turn is there to help guide and support those in his community while operating his business. Morris and VFit Athlete will continue to provide guidance, encouragement and support to help others reach their potential.