CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - It’s been a different football season for Marion Graves. The mother of Washington’s Morgan Moses, Marion is used to attending games at FedEx Field. This year, however, thanks to the pandemic, she’s been stuck at home.
“I guess my neighbors were trying to figure out why I’m screaming and hollering. It’s at the television,” she smiled. “I’m so used to being there with the band and the fans and my family.”
She’s still been able to enjoy it, watching a playoff team that Marion says has reinvigorated her son. Moses, a Meadowbrook High School and UVA product, has seen his ups and downs during his career, including injuries and losing seasons. Despite any obstacles he’s faced, the former Monarch has still developed into one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.
“He’s had so many trials, physical and with the team over the last seven years,” Marion noted. “It was weighing him down.”
But perhaps the biggest blow came in April, when Moses’s father, Morris, passed away.
“It was the last stone, so to speak,” his mother said. “He said ‘I think I’m out.’ I said to him ‘you can’t do that if you’ve left something on that field you haven’t taken care of.”
Moses pushed through, tapping into his love for the game and the new culture that was surrounding him, thanks to guys like Ron Rivera and Alex Smith. The former Meadowbrook and Cavalier star now finds himself as a veteran leader in a locker room that will taste the postseason on Saturday night. Clinching that playoff spot was a moment that Moses shared with his mother in the moments following Washington’s win over the Eagles.
“As soon as they got to the locker room, they hollered and screamed and what have you and Morgan called me and was like ‘Hey Momma! We did it!’”
Marion is obviously proud of her son’s on-field accomplishments, and the same can be said for his work away from football. The Morgan Moses Foundation’s goal is to motivate kids through education and provides tutoring for students who need a little bit of extra help.
“We’ve done it on a small level, but we’re able to begin to branch out and do some other things for kids just like him that needed something else and those parents don’t have the resources to take care of that,” Marion points out.
The foundation is work that will last well after Morgan plays his final down in the NFL. In the meantime, Marion is gearing up to watch her son take the field in the playoffs.
“I’m excited and we’re going to take it to the end. I see us going all the way.”
Washington and Tampa Bay kick off at 8:15 on Saturday night. That game can be seen on NBC12.
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