Meet a baller who isn’t all about bling.
It’s just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday when Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris strolls up to the Mazda dealership in a 2014 rental. The car company loaned Morris the vehicle while they graciously refurbished his 1991 626 model.
Morris is greeted by close to 50 Mazda employees. Brunch is served on three tables. Nearly a dozen cameras are rolling on the event. ESPN flew in reporter Josina Anderson for a sit down. The NFL Network was on hand. Several auto magazine outlets flocked towards Morris.
After a brief introduction, the folks at Mazda pulled off the black sheet covering Morris’ car, unveiling all new features. The engine, windows and dashboard were replaced. ‘Bentley’ as Morris affectionately calls his car — which he bought for $2 from his pastor — also now has GPS navigation, Bluetooth connection and a brand new sound system.
“I got my baby back!” roared Morris to applause and laughter from the crowd.
Alfred is NOT your typical NFL player, much less typical Redskins running back…
Morris, 24, is drastically different than Riggins and Portis. He totes a simple wooden cross necklace, a boyish southern drawl and a contagious laugh heard whistling through the speakers in Chantilly. Morris refuses to buy Nike Jordan brand shoes, because “everyone wears those.” Unlike his famous predecessors, Morris has won over the people with his warm persona and willingness to shake everybody’s hand. His rags to riches success as a sixth round pick is the cherry on-top. The second-year player has to pinch himself sometimes.
“Who would have ever thought all this could happen? I just be myself each and every day. What you see is what you get,” Morris said, analyzing his growing status. “It’s not like a hoax or a phony. This is me. This is who I am. I’m down to earth. I’m fun. I’m loose. If you want to have some fun, come hang,” he joked.
In a sense, Morris’ 1991 Mazda really represents who he is: something that wasn’t supposed to last this long.
Entering training camp in 2012, the thought was Morris’ only chance to make the roster would be switching his position to fullback. Roy Helu, Evan Royster and back then, Tim Hightower were a typical yet formidable Mike Shanahan trio of overachieving backs. And like his chances of making the 53-man roster, teammates clowned on his car when they first saw it. “‘That’s you in that piece of crap?'” Morris recalled.
Ten years from now Morris still plans on driving ‘Bentley’ around town. “It might not be my primary car, but it will still get driven a lot. That wasn’t a joke either,” laughed Morris.
If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack.
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