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Alfred Morris named man of the year

1/17/2014

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris had a strong year on the field. The Redskins also say he had a strong season off it as well. That's why they chose him as the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

The award is given to the player that displays excellence both on and off the field. Morris rushed for 1,275 yards in his second NFL season, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also consistently attended community functions throughout the season, volunteering on 11 Tuesdays -- the players' only day off. He will receive $1,000 for his designated charity, Change Starts Now, based in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla.

"Anytime I get an opportunity to give back, I give back,” Morris said in a release. “My heart for giving was shaped by others who gave to my family. I saw how selfless they were. It is not always about receiving, but giving, so every time they [the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation] have some type of event to give, I am always there.”

Others who regularly volunteered: wide receiver Joshua Morgan, cornerback Josh Wilson and fullback Darrel Young. Morgan won this honor last year; Lorenzo Alexander won it the previous two years.