Alfred Morris has proven that he can evade NFL linemen, but the Washington Redskins running back didn’t have a chance getting away from hundreds of school children receiving new winter coats at Macy’s department store in the District on Tuesday.

 “When I see these kids coming out, it reminds me when I was a kid,” said Morris, shortly after he survived a balloon fight with dozens of elementary school children during the coat distribution.

He reflected on his own childhood in  Pensacola, Fla.:  “My parents worked hard but they still needed a lot of help.”

Morris, who went from being a 6th Round Draft pick from Florida Atlantic University to starting for the Redskins, has been an inspiration to many players and fans this year. He was among a half dozen Redskins and several Redskins cheerleaders who took part in the event.

Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan, who is from the District, said the event was special for many reasons.

“Our parents worked hard but they still needed help, especially around the holiday time. When I was growing up I never got a chance to see my favorite player or favorite teams.”

In addition to receiving free winter coats, children from four District elementary schools, one school in  Maryland and one in Virginia wrote  letters to Santa Clause in preparation for Christmas Eve.

“It has been a long time coming for us to return to glory,” Morris said. “We are jelling,  we are getting better and better. The odds are against us but our goal is to make the playoffs because to make the playoffs would be huge for the DMV.”

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