We’ve all seen and heard about the profligate car buying habits of so many professional football players, but this story really goes against the grain. Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris bought this 1991 Mazda 626 when he was in college from his then-pastor for $2. And despite being on his second multi-million dollar contract with the NFL since 2012, he refuses to buy a new car and replace his baby, which he has named “The Bentley”. As he told 5PointsBlue: “It’s always going to be my baby and I’m going to drive it ’til she dies.” Morris, who comes from humble beginnings, added that he drives the Mazda as a way to remind himself to stay grounded.
From that article:
Morris and his car first gained attention during his first season with the Redskins in 2012. The rookie 6th round pick’s ride didn’t fit in with the gleaming sports cars driven by his teammates. He had driven the car on a 20-hour road trip from his home in Florida; the expired parking sticker from his senior year was still stuck on the windshield.
Now that he’s with the Cowboys, he’s sticking with his old ride although he didn’t have to make the long drive from D.C. to Dallas.
“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 (on March 22nd),” says Morris. “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.”
Because of all the publicity over his choice of ride, two years ago Mazda offered to restore the car. It’s still a stick shift, but at least now the air conditioner works!
Also, the AM-FM tape deck was replaced with a touch screen audio system, the cloth seats were replaced with cross-stitched leather seats, and a total of 275 man hours were spent making it look and drive as if the car were newly rolled off an assembly line. The old parking sticker, however, remains in place.
Morris will hold onto the car to remind himself to remain humble. He is one of seven sons born to Ronald & Yvonne Morris in Pensacola, Florida. His father worked construction, and his mother went back to school to earn a master’s degree in special education.
Hard work and humility are Morris’ family values. Driving the old car is a way of reminding himself to stay humble.
via 5PointsBlue Hat tip to Chris C!