In the Washington Redskins parking lot you can find a plethora of top end – uniquely decked out vehicles. But among the Audi’s, BMW’s, and customized Dodge Charger’s owned by ‘Skins players and staff you’ll find a small silver 1991 Mazda 626 sedan that belongs to rookie running back Alfred Morris.
The Redskins made Morris their sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he was surprisingly ordained as Washington’s week 1 starter after having an impressive pre-season campaign. Morris is currently tied for first in the NFC in rushing touchdowns, but he keeps himself grounded by driving a vehicle you likely won’t even find on craigslist.
Morris played his collegiate football at mid-level Florida Atlantic University and told The Redskins Blog that he didn’t even have a car until his junior year. So when the opportunity came for Morris to get the ’91 Mazda, he did so without second guessing. “I could’ve been like, ‘Ah, I don’t want this piece of crap,’” Morris told the Redskins blog. “But I always wanted a car, and it was what I got.”
Most people would look at the silver ’91 Mazda sitting on 14 inch rims and call it a piece of junk. But to Alfred Morris, the car was well deserving of a luxurious name – “Bentley.” Morris said that his friends would tease him for driving the car like, “Man, what are you doing in that piece of crap?’ and I’d say, ‘Oh, you talkin’ ’bout that Bentley right there?’” Morris said the name just stuck and eventually all his friends started saying, ‘Hey let me get a ride in the Bentley!’”
Even though Morris was a late round pick, he’ll make $390,000 in the first of his four-year, $2.22 million deal with the Redskins and has already received a $154,000 signing bonus. He could easily purchase himself a BMW or Mercedes Benz, but Morris is content with his ’91 Mazda – for now. Morris said he’ll likely get a new car someday, but it currently serves as a reminder of where he came from and all the hard work it took for him to become a professional football player.