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Alfred Morris will need directions to visitors’ locker room from his 'stadium fam'

Cowboys running back Alfred Morris (46) spent four seasons in Washington before signing as a free agent.
Cowboys running back Alfred Morris (46) spent four seasons in Washington before signing as a free agent. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Alfred Morris will get to FedEx Field early, just as he’s done the past four years. He’ll climb the wall to meet with his friends in guest services and security – those he calls his “stadium fam” – to catch up.

“Before every game, I kind of just sit in the stands and take it all in,” Morris said Wednesday. “One of the guys came and spoke to me one day. It wasn’t about football. It was as a person. ‘Hey, how are you doing today?’ It was real genuine, and we built a relationship, and it grew from there. So it’s a handful of them now. Good people.”

But Morris will have to find the visitor’s locker room. He’s no longer one of them.

After four years with the Redskins, Morris signed with the rival Cowboys in the offseason.

“At the end of the day, it’s a business and everything happens for a reason, and I’m here,” Morris said. “That’s just how I feel. I honestly feel like it’s going to be another game. I can’t say how I actually feel until I get out on the field. I [don’t know if] I’m going to be like ‘whatever’ and then I’m going to get out on the field, and I’ll be like ‘grrrr,’ mad at the world. Who knows? I can’t really say until I get out there.”

Morris had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons in Washington before gaining 751 yards last season. He backs up Ezekiel Elliott with the Cowboys after starting all 64 games in his four seasons with the Redskins.

The Redskins still speak fondly of Morris.

“Alfred will handle his business like a pro, no matter what happens,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call with the Dallas media. “That’s the way he is. He handled his exit here like a pro. He handled being No. 2 there like a pro. He’s going to be a pro no matter how you cut it. That’s the type of guy he is.”

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