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Morris on Owl Fingers: 'I'm proud to have played at FAU'

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris wants everyone to know he played at Florida Atlantic.

 That's why he shows his Owl Fingers after finding the end zone.

 "I do it for a reason," Morris told me on Monday, a little more than 24 hours after he scored twice in his NFL debut. "I'm proud of where I came from. I'm proud to have played at FAU."

 A sixth-round draft choice in 2012, Morris says he learned on Saturday that he would be a starter in his first NFL game.

 As most FAU fans know by now, Morris rewarded Mike Shanahan's decision by rushing for 96 yards and those two TDs. 

"That was phenomenal - especially the second (TD) because I was like, I'm not going to be denied now," Morris said. 

Morris said simply stepping on the field prior to his first game was "exciting" and had him thinking back to when he first started playing football. 

"Starting in pee wee and all I had to go through to get to this point - all the perseverance all the hard work - it was worth it," Morris said. "I'm living out my dream." 

That dream includes a few simple perks. 

FAU team travel has always been - shall we say - interesting. (Saturday's FAU team flight back from Nashville that was supposed to land at Palm Beach International Airport instead landed at Fort Lauderdale, with those on the flight being told PBIA - where the team buses were waiting - was closed for construction.) 

NFL travel is a little different. 

"I went on the plane and got ice cream," Morris said. "I love this!"

September 10, 2012

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