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Now With Redskins, Joshua Morgan Eager To Make Hometown Debut
ASHBURN – When Joshua Morgan began exploring his options as his first free agency period arrived in March, one thought played over and over in his mind: to play for his hometown Washington Redskins.
The team provided him that opportunity, signing him to what is essentially a two-year, $12 million contract. On Saturday, he’ll head to FedEx Field for the first time as a receiver playing for the home team.
“I just haven’t thought about the feeling and how I’m going to be when I actually walk in that stadium for the first time, walk in that locker room for the first time and just really walk on that field and be in a Redskins uniform,” Morgan said. “I’m too busy thinking about the game and everything else to really let that sink in and really hit me, so you know, when that time comes, I’m sure I’m going to be full of emotions and full of excitement and adrenaline and let it come naturally.”
Morgan, drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round in 2008, grew up four blocks from RFK Stadium. He remembers the steady stream of people walking by his house to go to Redskins games and would go once in a while, but never went to a game when the team moved to FedEx Field in 1997.
The only time he’d been to the Redskins’ new stadium was in 2004, when, as a freshman for Virginia Tech, the Hokies played Southern California. He didn’t play in that game because of a broken foot, and a broken right leg and ankle prevented him from making the trip with San Francisco last November when the 49ers visited the Redskins.
Over 100 people asked Morgan to hook him up with tickets to the game – a request he couldn’t honor. His family will be there, but to narrow down the requests, he had one qualification.
“If you didn’t come to San Francisco to see me, you can’t come to this game,” he said.