NFL Running Back Still Drives 1991 Mazda 626
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris inked a 2-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, marking his second contract since being drafted by the ‘Skins in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The fact that he was drafted so low, Morris has not signed lucrative contracts like Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, whose recent contract which guarantees him $70 million. So yes, Morris is the NFL and makes more money than the average American, but is far from banking the “mega money” enjoyed by some of the league’s top stars.
This fact has kept Alfred Morris grounded.
Despite earning more than $3 million dollars during his four seasons with the Washington Redskins, and with his new contract guaranteeing $1.8 million, he chooses to still drive his 1991 Mazda 626 that he purchased from his pastor for $2 as a junior in college.
“Yes, I still have my car,” Morris said via Five Points Blue. “I still drive ‘Bentley’ which is what I call my car even though she’s not really a Bentley. It’s always going to be my baby and I’m going to drive it ’til she dies.”
Morris’ attachment to his Mazda has already received a lot of press while he was playing in Washington. Mazda heard that he was still driving his 1991 sedan and they refurbished it for him.
“I had it shipped from Washington, D.C. I didn’t get to drive it down because I had to get here so quickly for ‘captain’s workouts’ after I signed with the Cowboys,” Morris said. “They already had over 40 guys who were back for workouts. So I came quickly and was part of that. I had the car shipped and I’m driving it now.”
Morris admittedly is not a “flashy guy” and did not grow up with much. Continuing to drive his Mazda reminds him of where he came from and almost ensures that he will not fall into one of the many financial trappings that plague professional athletes who tend to overspend once they receive their financial windfall.
Money can free and empower you, but it also can entrap and burden you.
I think it is safe to say that Morris is free.
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