Larry Morris
football player

Larry Morris, a former all-pro linebacker for the Chicago Bears, died Dec. 19 at a nursing facility in Austell, Ga. He was 79.

His wife said he had complications from dementia. The death was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mr. Morris began his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1955 before joining the Bears in 1959. He was an all-pro in 1963, the same year he was named most valuable player in the NFL championship game, in which the Bears defeated the New York Giants, 14-10. He retired in 1966 after one season with the Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Atlanta, Mr. Morris starred at Georgia Tech in the 1950s and helped the Yellow Jackets win a national championship in 1952.

In his 50s, Mr. Morris began to show signs of dementia, which medical experts believed was related to his football career. His family asked that his brain be donated to a Boston University research study on the effects of head trauma and degenerative brain disease among football players.

Brad Corbett
baseball team owner

Brad Corbett, 75, who owned the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1974 to 1980 and was known for a penchant for firing his managers, died Dec. 24 at his home in Fort Worth. His daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, confirmed his death to the Associated Press but did not disclose a cause.

Under Mr. Corbett, the Rangers had six managers in six years, including four in 1977. The team finished second in the American League West three times when Mr. Corbett was owner.

Mr. Corbett acquired his wealth in the plastics business as the head of a company that sold plastic pipes for industrial use.

— News services and staff reports