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Redskins’ Alfred Morris spends pregame with ‘my Stadium Fam’ of ushers, security guards

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Not gonna lie, this is not an NFL franchise I enjoy or can find much redeeming value in these days... but this article about Alfred Morris and his relationship with the "normal people" of his workplace made me like at least one member of the Washington DC team.

I like that Alfred Morris calls them his Stadium Fam.

Thus began one of the most unusual pre-game routines in Washington sports: Morris’s weekly communion with his friends who work in guests services or security at FedEx Field. It’s a tradition he started during preseason of his rookie year — before he became one of the most productive running backs in the NFL — when an usher asked him to stop by and chat. The rookie obliged.

“He was just a normal person, treating me like a normal person,” Morris recalled. “So I kept doing it.”

The group grew, and the conversations became a fixture of his game days. Morris learned all the staffers’s names. He kept in touch with them during the offseason. They started meeting up for all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp feasts at local restaurants. He calls them “my Stadium Fam,” and if you think there isn’t peace and happiness at FedEx Field on fall Sundays, you’ve never observed these 20-minute sessions, which start with laughter and end with a prayer.

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