It took hanging out with a bunch of Little League baseball players for Alfred Morris to be inspired with a new touchdown celebration.
During the Redskins’ organized team activities in May, Morris became quick friends with teammates from the York and Lee County All-Star baseball squads who were staying in the same hotel as the Redskins rookie running back.
“I met with them and was hanging out with them and swam with them,” Morris said this week at Redskins Park. “Really, just spent the day with them.”
Naturally, Morris tagged along when the kids had a baseball game to play that afternoon.
He left that game with a little idea, however.
“I was watching one of their games and they said, ‘If you score, you should do a celebration for us,’” Morris said. “I was like, ‘I’ll hit a home run — it’ll be cool!’”
Morris spent the next few months slowly working his way up the depth chart at running back for the Redskins. He got increased repetitions in training camp when the team’s top three running backs were slowed by injuries, impressing the coaching staff along the way with his low center of gravity and with each violent up-field cut he took.
Along the way, Morris never forgot about his promise to the Little Leaguers. He eventually worked his way up to become the Redskins’ starting running back, and in the third week of the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts, Morris broke out for 107 yards rushing and scored his first touchdown, giving him the opportunity to try out his first home run swing in the end zone immediately after.
“I did it the first time and I was like, ‘I like this,’” Morris recalled. “So I kind of just stuck with it.”
Through three weeks of the regular season, Morris is the NFL’s leading rookie rusher with 263 yards and three touchdowns. On each touchdown, of course, Morris has swung for the fences in honor of his favorite Little Leaguers from York and Lee counties.
“I guess it’s just going to be my little celebration now,” Morris said with a smile. “I do it for them.”
Here’s video of two of Morris’ three regular-season touchdowns this season, courtesy of the Redskins Broadcast Network:
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