Alfred Morris, the star running back for the Washington Redskins and graduate of Pine Forest High School, stopped by the Independent News office today with Commissioner Lumon May, who coached him in the Southern Youth Sports Association.
Morris, who played college ball at Florida Atlantic, was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He broke the team’s single season rushing record with 1,613 yards. The unheralded rookie is an alternate for the Pro Bowl and is on the 2012 All Rookie team.
He said that his first goal was to just make the team. While most rookies talk about the speed of the game, Morris said that Coach Mike Shanahan’s practices were done at such a pace that he was prepared for the speed once he hit the field for his first NFL regular season game against the New Orleans Saint. He rushed for 96 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns against them.
His challenge was picking up the blitzes. “In college, I only had to worry about the blitz coming from one side,” Morris said. “In the pros, a blitz can come from anywhere. During those first practices, I didn’t see them coming.”
While he admitted that he was a little awe of playing in games against players he had looked up to most of his life, once the game started he neither thought about who he was playing game. “I didn’t see faces, just jerseys,” Morris said.
Morris thanked us for our coverage of PAIN (“A Mother’s Pain“)– his aunt is one of the founders. Commissioner May is hoping to get Morris and another SYSA player and NFL Seahawks star, Doug Baldwin, to talk to some of his current players in the coming weeks.
“Both of these men are fantastic role models for our kids,” said May.