André Siamone Morgan began his journey on earth on September 22, 1983. He was born to the union of Harold and Rhonda Morgan in Dallas, Texas. Raised in a Christian home, André gave his life to the Lord at an early age. Pastor Jeanie of North Central Assembly of God would pick up André on the church bus every Wednesday night with her sons to attend the children’s program. He was in the Royal Rangers boys’ program. Later, he was baptized at Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. There, he was a faithful participant in Youth Church. He also attended North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship in Richardson, Texas, where he served as an usher and participated in Awana. As an adult, André attended One Community Church in Plano, Texas, where he continued to develop his faith as he matured into adulthood.
André attended Abbett Elementary School, Webb Middle School, and Naaman Forest High School. He completed his senior year at South Garland High School. His personality was magnetic; anyone who crossed his path never forgot his infectious smile, humor, or mischievous antics.
André’s lifelong love for the Oakland Raiders led him to playing in the Garland community football leagues. His skills, passion, and love for the game allowed him to continue his athletic career through college and semi-pro. In 2006, André obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. There, he played strong safety/linebacker on the university’s football team. After graduation, he was selected to play strong safety for the Abilene Ruff Riders Semi-Pro Football Team and the Allen Wranglers Semi-Pro Football Team. André was incredibly competitive and well-respected by his coaches, teammates, and most adamant supporter, Grandma Johnnie.
André began “working” at the age of three as a JCPenney model. This exposure led to his entrepreneurial drive for launching Always Reppin’ Apparel and establishing 448 Black on which he released multiple albums and performed for many well-known artists in the hip-hop community.
A natural leader and influencer, André dedicated his life to developing and nurturing young people in football and life throughout the Dallas Metroplex. Much more than a coach, he was often a father-figure to his players. He was founder of the North Texas Ducks and also coached for Team Texas, Team Dallas, and the Dallas Patriots where he remained active and known throughout the Dallas community leagues as “Coach Dré”. His teams won multiple championships including a National CCE Championship of which he was ecstatically proud. The children he influenced will always remember him by his coined phrases, such as, “dat work,” “say no mo,” and “five more minutes” (which often led to 30 more minutes), to name a few. He left an indelible mark on the young men he coached.
André’s life reflected the biblical principal, “Who is thy neighbor?” His spirit of family extended beyond the family into which he was born. Rather, he embraced others who crossed his path along life’s journey as his family. André was a community leader that dedicated his life to helping others and often held community events to help those less fortunate. Each child and parent became his family. His friends were his family. His neighbors were his family. André lived by his personal mantra, “Family is Love, Life, and Loyalty.” His words, “Nothing is more important to me than family,” will echo in the hearts of many forever.
André will be fondly remembered for his commitment to ensuring the illumination and growth of young people, especially his children. He LOVED his children with all his heart, and he poured into them with quality time, guidance, and life lessons.
God called André from this earthly realm into His presence on August 16, 2020. Those left to cherish precious memories and continue his legacy of love and service include his parents, Harold and Rhonda Morgan; his fiancée, Lisa Bentley; children: Jaylan Morgan, Noah Morgan, Travanis Carter and Kaylia Hickman; sisters, Megan Morgan and Andranté Morgan-Etheridge (Bobby); brother, Dustan Carr (Kendra); and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
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