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NFL's Redskins Play Host to Military Youth-Football Teams

By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service

LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 8, 2004 – Three military youth football teams were guests of the Washington Redskins for their preseason finale Sept. 3 against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field here.

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Ricky Morgan Jr., a member of the Fort Belvoir Bulldogs anklebiters youth football team and son of Army Sgt. Maj. Ricky Morgan, runs off FedEx Field after participating in the coin toss before the Atlanta Falcons-Washington Redskins NFL exhibition game Sept. 3 at Landover, Md. Photo by Tim Hipps

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Teams from Fort Belvoir, Va.; Fort Meade, Md.; U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.; and Palmer Park, Md., Boys and Girls Clubs of America were part of numerous "Play Football Week" celebrations conducted around the National Football League Aug. 28 through Sept. 4.

Fort Belvoir Bulldogs running back/linebacker Ricky Morgan Jr. got an up-close view of the coin toss prior to the Redskins' 27-0 victory over the Falcons.

Morgan, who plays in the Fairfax County Youth Football League's anklebiter division with father/coach Army Sgt. Maj. Ricky Morgan, accompanied referee Jeff Tripplette and the NFL teams' captains onto the field for the pre-game ceremony.

Paul Bishop, a member of the 75-pound Cougars of Fort Meade, Md., fetched the kicking tee off the field following the opening kickoff. He is the son of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Paul Bishop, stationed at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade.

Benjamin Mitchell, a youth-football player from Quantico, retrieved the tee from the field after the second-half kickoff.

The inaugural "Play Football Week" was created by USA Football, the NFL and the NFL Players Association to celebrate the sport and to recognize people involved with the game at the grassroots level.

(Tim Hipps is assigned to the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center public affairs office.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imagePaul Bishop (No. 88) of the Fort Meade, Md., Cougars 75-pound youth football team, is escorted off FedEx Field by Washington Redskins staffer Alex Zahn during the Redskins' 27-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the teams' final preseason game Sept. 3. Photo by Tim Hipps  
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