D.C. recognizes native son Josh Morgan

D.C. recognizes native son Josh Morgan
June 19, 2013, 8:30 pm
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D.C. city council passes "Josh Morgan Day" resolution

By Kristopher Malone


Washington Redskins receiver Josh Morgan now has his own official day in the Nation’s Capital.

In a ceremonial resolution Tuesday, Morgan was honored for not only his play on-the-field, but more importantly his impact off-the-field. The city will recognize Thursday, June 20, 2013, as “Josh Morgan Day” in the District. 

“I would like to thank all of my family, friends, and everybody that is close to me for just raising me to be the type of man that I am today,” Morgan said via Redskins.com. “Just always supporting, raising me the right way, teaching me the right things."

Morgan grew up in Southeast D.C. and was raised a diehard Redskins fan. He graduated from H.D. Woodson High School in D.C. before attending Virginia Tech for college.

The San Francisco 49ers drafted Morgan in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, where he played for four seasons. In 2012, the Redskins signed the hometown player as a free agent. 

“I would like to thank Mr. [Bruce] Allen and the Washington Redskins for bringing me back home, allowing us to do what I’ve been doing my whole life, but to now do it for my city and everybody I grew up with."

Coming into the 2013 season fully healthy -- alongside Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon -- Morgan gives the Skins a versatile receiving corps.

In 2012, Morgan played all 16 games despite battling injuries in both hands and both feet. Morgan racked up 48 receptions, 510 years and two touchdowns last season. 

Off the field he is very involved with community service projects and actively participates in numerous charitable events. The receiver makes frequent appearances at the NFL's Play 60 program, holiday meal donations, and youth clothing distributions. Morgan also offers free football camps to underserved youth in D.C.'s Wards 6 and 7. Additionally he contributes to the United Negro College Fund and the United Way.  

“I just want to thank D.C. for raising me and helping me become the man I am today. I know being from D.C., it’s ‘put up or shut up’ so I just thank y’all," Morgan said. "Thank you everybody and thank you for everything.”