The Redskins have named Josh Morgan as their 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year, recognizing the wide receiver’s work in the community as well as his production on the field.
The Redskins presented Morgan with a crystal plaque and will donate $1,000 to his designated charity, the Beacon House.
Morgan, who grew up in the shadows of RFK Stadium in Washington, was a frequent participant at Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation events, ranging from school reading programs to handing out toys and coats to underserved children during the holidays.
“I don’t do what I do in my community for awards,” Morgan tweeted recently. “I do it from my [heart] & I do it for my city …”
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was the Redskins’ Man of the Year in 2011 and 2010. The award was first presented in 1970 and was renamed in honor of Payton in 1999.
On the field, Morgan, 27, recorded 48 receptions for 510 yards and two touchdowns during his first season with his hometown team. He’s currently recovering from surgery on his right ankle, according to a message posted to his Twitter page earlier this month.