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Joshua Morgan Named Redskins’ Man Of The Year Award Recipient

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com

Joshua Morgan was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, honoring his performance as well as his work in the community.

Morgan, a Washington native, will receive a $1,000 donation in his name by the NFL to Beacon House, which provides tutoring and mentoring to at-risk children in Ward 5 in the city.

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“The way I was raised, they always told me that God’s going to bless you with a lot of things,” Morgan said in a statement released by the team to announce the award. “So, it’s up to you to bless people with all the blessings that he blessed you with.”

Morgan had a team-high 48 receptions for 510 yards and two touchdowns this season, his first with the Redskins after four in San Francisco.

He is now eligible for the league-wide award, with the recipient to be announced before Super Bowl XLVII. Given since 1970, the award, renamed in honor of Walter Payton in 1999, accompanies a $25,000 donation from the league to a charity of the winner’s choice.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander earned the team award each of the past two seasons. London Fletcher was a finalist for the league-wide award in 2009, while Joe Theismann won the top honor in 1982 and Darrell Green won it in 1996.

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