Although it didn’t register any sort of reading on the Richter scale, Richmond, VA experienced an earth moving moment that while never be forgotten by at least two men–current Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris and Hall of Famer John Riggins.
While the NFL fraternity continues to grow every year, the reality that players rarely have the chance to meet one another couldn’t be more true in today’s technology driven world. Between television appearances, radio interviews and even the occasional Google+ Hangout, Morris’ off the field schedule fills up quicker than his stat sheet on it.
Despite being a Washington Redskin for almost 16 months now, this was the first time Morris’ path crossed that of Riggins.
“It was the first time I met him,” Morris said with a smile. “It was awesome. I’ve been trying to meet that guy for the longest time.”
The track to NFL stardom couldn’t have been more different for the two.
After being drafted sixth overall and spending the first five years of his career with the New York Jets, Riggins came to the Nation’s Capital via free agency in 1976. With almost 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns to boot, Redskins fans knew what they were getting.
When Alfred Morris was tapped as the Week 1 starter last season against the New Orleans Saints, they did not.
Now a year and a half later, they know Morris is one of the best backs in the league.
Riggins, who spent the majority of last fall traveling, didn’t get to see Morris or the rest of the Redskins season like he normally would, but knows he’s got the makings to be an all-time great.
“Now I didn’t really get a chance to watch Alfred play, because I was traveling so much last year,” Riggins told Larry Michael on Redskins Nation. “But I got to see an interview you guys were doing when camp was opening up [today] and I told him I feel like I’ve known him my entire life.”
He’s that kind of a guy. [He’s] clearly a guy who’s very coachable and a guy that’s always out there giving it his best shot. I think what he accomplished last year is nothing short of fantastic. As they say, the sky’s the limit for him.”
Riggins, who sported an afro and facial hair at times during his illustrious career, has a much more clean cut image nowadays, so you really couldn’t blame Morris when he said he could point him out at first.
I was excited to meet him,” Morris said. “I thought he was going to have long hair, but he didn’t.”
Just another day for the Washington Redskins.
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