Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses crowded his enormous frame and smiling visage into a rocking chair at Seldens Landing Elementary School on Tuesday to talk with students about the importance of education.
“Does everybody have dreams?” he asked.
Moses was speaking to a group of 24 student selected by Principal Tracy Stephens, school counselors and staff members because they are having some
sort of difficulty in their lives. One child, for example, lost both parents in a car crash; another has a mother battling cancer. Stephens said the school invited Moses to bring the message of his Morgan Moses Foundation and teach the children about the value of education even in adversity.
Moses read “Wolf!” by Becky Bloom, then fielded questions from the students and stuck around to sign a football and a few shirts. He told them about studying at Fork Union Military Academy to get his grades up high enough to be accepted into the University of Virginia, where he studied anthropology and African American Studies. But a conversation with a room full of elementary schoolers can’t stay serious for long.
“Do you have any tips for defense?” asked one student, whom he advised: “Stay away from the big guys.”
“Do you love football?” another asked. When he said yes: “Then why don’t you marry it?”