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Joshua Morgan Delivers On Promise To Score Touchdown For Godmother

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – When Joshua Morgan began paring down his ticket requests for his first home game as a member of the Washington Redskins, there was one person he’d make certain was in attendance on Saturday.

Morgan

It was his godmother, Sonja Strickland-Gaither, whom Morgan considers one of the biggest influences in his life.

Morgan wanted to “definitely do something special for her, make sure she has some fun in the stadium and make sure we put on a good show for her.” If he was somehow able to score a touchdown, he said he’d keep the ball and give it to her as a gift.

That happened, as Morgan caught a 13-yard pass from Rex Grossman in the end zone in the third quarter of the Redskins’ 30-17 victory over Indianapolis.

“It was real big, you know?” Morgan said. “The first game ever at FedEx Field, you know – that was real big. Definitely a blessing.”

Morgan grew up in northeast Washington, four blocks from RFK Stadium, and remembers the steady stream of people who would walk by his home on their way to a Redskins game. He’d go occasionally, but never after the team moved across the Anacostia River to FedEx Field in 1997.

His dream came true in March, when he signed what is essentially a two-year, $12 million contract. Fighting for time in the Redskins’ receiver rotation – he’s making a case to push Leonard Hankerson for the role as the starting flanker – Morgan caught two passes for 24 yards.

Morgan said earlier in the week he received over 100 requests for tickets from friends and family members who wanted to see his debut in person. There was no way he’d be able to accommodate that request; to trim his guest list, he only approved those who watched him play in San Francisco over his first four years.

Fortunately for Strickland-Gaither, she made the cut.

“It was definitely a real good game,” he said, smiling. “It definitely met my expectations. Now we’ve just got to keep it up. I’m expecting to come in here and win every time we come in here. I’m expecting the same results every time. We’ve got a lot to live up to.”

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