On May 11th, 2016 The Washington Redskins football club hosted the 27th annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, VA. The Banquet is put on by the entire Redskins organization to raise funds through donations and a live auction for the Youth for Tomorrow Foundation. Redskins legends like Superbowl MVP Doug Williams, former “Hog” Joe Jacoby, and Linebacker Dexter Manley were able to meet Morgan before he accepted an award from his teammates.
The Youth for Tomorrow Foundation, founded by former Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs in 1986, provides teenage boys and girls who are experiencing abuse and neglect from their families, a place to call home. The campus being built will feature residential housing, a chapel, a family behavioral health and administration center, and a Music and Arts center.
The event was narrated by Larry Michael, “The voice of the Washington Redskins” who recognized The Quarterback Club of Washington’s “Redskins Player of the Year” and the Washington Redskins Ed Block Courage Award honoree recipients. Both Kirk Cousins and Morgan Moses had the honor of being presented their respective awards in front of about 1,000 people.
Morgan originally accepted the 38th annual Ed Block Courage Award on March 12th, 2016 in Baltimore for his extraordinary courage to come back from adversity. During the end of his rookie year in 2014, Morgan suffered a Lisfranc foot injury, one of the hardest injuries to come-back from in football. With perseverance and dedication, Morgan was able to come back healthy and play every single game as offensive tackle. He blocked for Quarterback Kirk Cousins in what arguably could be their most exciting winning season.
While at the banquet, Coach Jay Gruden commented on the topic of Morgan’s consistent work ethic, saying, “Morgan is the same humble and hardworking guy every day.”
Redskins Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess commented on how hard Morgan worked last season:
“Morgan spent the offseason rehabbing with us after surgery, worked really hard in rehab and was able to come back for full clearance at the start of training camp at the end of July. He was able to return back to the field and compete for a starting position. To go from being a backup last year- a rookie- to the starting right tackle position is a testament to his hard work and dedication.”
Morgan has played an impactful role in the success of the Washington Redskins club and has founded his very own nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating children though education, the Morgan Moses Foundation.
The festivities concluded with children speaking on behalf of what the Youth for Tomorrow Foundation has done for them and a segment by the featured speaker of the night, Howie Long. Long was a former Hall of Fame Defensive End for the Los Angeles Raiders, and is currently best known as a sports analyst for the NFL on Fox. The Burgundy and Gold Banquet was able to raise over one million dollars in funds in just one night through the auction. Howie Long pitched in with $50,000 as a personal donation.