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Morris Recalls First Memories Of Griffin III

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 14, 2013 – 1:00 pm

Alfred Morris, Eric Frampton

(AP Photo)

On Friday, Redskins star running back Alfred Morris sat down for an interview with ESPN’ Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

Morris discussed a wide variety of topics during his interview, ranging from his wildly popular “Bentley”  to his relationship quarterback Robert Griffin III, another Redskins rookie who was key in helping the Redskins finish as the league’s top rushing attack.

Find out what Alfred had to say here (via ESPN Radio):

Morris was not expected to have such a large impact on the Redskins offense after being drafted in the sixth round (173rd overall). He admitted that he didn’t know was going to happen when he was taken by the Redskins but he was up for any and every challenge.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Morris said. “I just said I wanted to be in perfect position where I could be used and that happened.”

He was the definition of consistency as he six games over 100 yards rushing and a 200 yard, three touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys that secured the team’s first NFC East title since 1999. He finished the season second overall in rushing yards (1,613), rushing yards per game (100.8), and touchdowns (13).

He was the driving force behind a rushing attack that finished the regular season number one overall with 169.3 yards per game.

Morris’s value in the running game contributed to the team’s success in play action, rollouts, bootlegs and the read option formation. Combined with Griffin III, the Redskins have two young playmakers to build the offense around in Washington.

Too bad they don’t hang out off the field.

“We have a pretty good [relationship],” he told Cowherd, “but it’s strictly just around the office, unfortunately. I knew he had a fiancee and a different situation than me, so I don’t bother him. Plus, we can’t hang out anyways because he can’t go anywhere without getting noticed and without getting mobbed. So I mean I kind of feel for him.”

Whereas Morris is able to travel incognito in street clothes, Griffin III is one of the most recognizable faces in the DMV, if not the entire NFL.

“He’s in a totally different situation,” Morris said of Griffin III. “We clown around all the time. His locker is right on the other side. It’s mine, London Fletcher’s then his locker, so we all kind of group there, always joking around. He’s hilarious. I think he’s a great person.”

As for his play on the field, Morris recalled his first memory of Griffin III in training camp, watching him make plays he had never seen before.

“I knew he was special just from all the stories and stuff, the media attention he got in college,” he said of the Heisman winner. “I remember in OTA’s I saw him backpedaling away from a defender was chasing him, pushing him out of the pocket. He backs up and threw the ball like maybe 40, 50 yards down the field while backpedaling.

“I was like, ‘That’s impressive. Am I the only one who saw that? This guy, he is something special.’

“It’s one thing to [have] all the hype surrounding him’ but to actually see it in person? I was like, ‘That’s a good player right there.'”

Morris was happy with the success the Redskins had this season, but gave hope to fans looking for an encore in his sophomore campaign.

“We wish we were still playing right now, but everything happens for a reason,” Morris said. “I’m already ready for next year.”

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One Response to “Morris Recalls First Memories Of Griffin III”

  1. By Patrick on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Alfred, you’re not only a credit to the Redskins but to the entire sports world. Your attitude is one perfect for greatness. No matter what happens next year, believe me that I’ll be pulling for you. Keep the faith…

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