LANDOVER, Md. – On one hand, it felt fairly familiar to see Alfred Morris score a touchdown at FedEx Field and hit his home run swing – his trademark celebration.
On the other hand, it couldn't have been stranger to see Morris – a former Pro Bowler for the Washington Redskins – score the go-ahead touchdown for their biggest rival.
"It felt good to get to swing the home run," Morris said. "Even though it was in different colors and at the same field I've done it so many times, it was a good feeling."
For all the pregame talk about his return to Washington, it was a fairly quiet day for Morris – right up until the end. The veteran running back finished with just seven rushing yards on five carries. But after Ezekiel Elliott's second fumble of the game nearly cost the Cowboys a scoring opportunity, they turned to Morris to finish things off.
"I got in there and was able to steal one," he joked.
Morris' touchdown put the Cowboys up, 27-23, with 4:45 to play in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for their defense to hold on for a win. Considering the way he was allowed to leave Washington with little fanfare in the offseason, it stands to reason the victory might have felt especially good for Morris.
[embeddedad0]But that wasn't the case, to hear it from him.
"People probably think I'm joking when I say that, but from the bottom of my heart I have no hard feelings toward the Redskins organization," he said. "It was good to see everybody – it was like a family reunion. So it was good to see all of them, but it was just another game for me."
That echoes the same things he said during the week. As much as he might have emphasized it, though, Morris acknowledged that even he wasn't sure how he'd feel on game day. But once he got to work, the normal routine kicked in – even if it was slightly altered. He said he even got lost trying to find the field from the visitors' locker room.
"Getting on the field, coming out the other tunnel and being on the other sideline, it was definitely surreal in a sense," he said.
Whether a Cowboy or a Redskin, the end result ultimately looked the same – which should be just fine with the Cowboys.