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Video: Touch ‘Em All, Alfred Morris!

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 28, 2012 – 11:05 am

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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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7 Responses to “Video: Touch ‘Em All, Alfred Morris!”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Class act. Redskins are lucky to have him.

  2. By Michelle Anaya on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    My son Tyler, was one of the lucky York County Little league Players that had the opportunity to meet Mr. Morris and hang out with him for several days. Morris is a stand up, down to earth guy, and left a great impression on the team. Now when my son watches him, he feels special, knowing#46 is swinging like him and his teammates and inspires to be a great athlete like him, York County District 7 Champs are SOOO PROUD OF YOU ALFRED!!! Keep Rocking it!!

  3. By Aurora Wojnarowski on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    My son, Zachary was one of the players on the York County All-Star Team that Alfred Morris mentioned in the interview. The entire team had a wonderful time getting to know him and hanging out with him. Whatever questions they asked, he graciously answered. He even attended what ended up being their last game in the quest for the VA 9 – 10 YO State Championship. Unfortunately we lost, but he boosted up the kids spirits and promised them that when he got his first touchdown, he would make a motion of a baseball swing in honor of them. When I got a text from Nathaniel, a teammate of my son’s, that he indeed got a touchdown and did the baseball swing, I had goosebumps. I could not believe that he actually followed through with his promise. When I watched the game on Sunday, and actually got to witness it again, and was told of the article, I knew in my heart that this is not your ordinary athlete that is all about themselves. I am sure Mr. Morris has met lots of young kids and fans along the way, but to remember a promise from July and to then make mention of them, I knew he was a special, world-class athlete. Although we are NY Giants fans, I will root for the Redskins and will continue to follow Mr. Morris. Redskins – you have yourself a VERY special athlete!!!

  4. By HanoverMom01 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, the Little League All-Stars were from Mechanicsville, VA (in Hanover County).

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