ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Josh Morgan had a lifelong dream fulfilled in March when he signed a five-year contract with the Washington Redskins.
The 27-year-old was born and raised in the nation’s capital, excelling as a wide receiver and cornerback at H.D. Woodson High School. Loyal to the region, he played his college ball in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech.
However, he would spend the first four seasons of his professional career 3,000 miles away after being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Now, he’s home.
“I grew up three blocks down the street from RFK Stadium, so I’ve got a lot of memories,” Morgan said following Saturday morning’s walk-through at Redskins Park. “I remember a couple of the games I could feel the vibrations from the stadium at my house. I thought it was an earthquake and DC didn’t even have (any) earthquakes at that time.”
Ironically, it was during his time in the earthquake laden Bay Area that Washington experienced a 5.8 magnitude tremor last August.
Morgan’s family members were die-hard Redskins fans growing up; a trait undoubtedly passed down to the wide receiver who gave the impression he’s long familiar with the franchise.
“I remember all the memories,” said Morgan. “Even the games before I was born… My grandfather and father has tapes of. I remember all the Super Bowls, all the memories, all the John Riggins records and other things.”
Morgan plans on creating a few memories of his own to add to his family’s film collection.
If there is one drawback to playing for your hometown team it’s the incessant requests for tickets from friends and family members who you haven’t seen in years. But, Morgan is ready for that and says his strategy is a simple one.
“You know, I’ve got a great excuse,” he boasted. “I was in San Francisco for four years and I’m going to tell them y’all didn’t ask for nothing in San Francisco, y’all aren’t gonna get nothing coming home.”