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Originally written September 20, 2012 on Sportress of Blogitude:

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Affectionately referred to as his “Bentley,” Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris still commutes back and forth to Redskins Park for practice in a silver 1991 Mazda 626 sedan.

In perfect condition, Morris’ sweet ride would retail for about $1,160 according to Kelly Blue Book. Morris signed a four-year, $2.22 million deal with the Redskins for his rookie contract and will make $390,000 this season on top of his $154,000 signing bonus — by no means an obscene amount of money but enough to justify the purchase of a more reliable and less, uh, old automobile.

Still, Morris says the car has “some sentimental value to it now” and that it helps keep him grounded, reminding him of all the hard work it took for him to make it to the NFL in light of his humble beginnings, up to and including when he purchased the car during his junior season at Florida Atlantic University.

But it’s not like Morris hasn’t had difficulties along the way maintaining his loyalty to his old clunker. In fact, he recalls some interesting road trips where the old clunker almost gave out on him (via The Redskins Blog):

It was rough,” Morris recalled. “I put my emergency lights on, and people would be driving behind me, and I’d be like, ‘My emergency lights are on — stop following me.’

“I’d be stalling at lights and stuff and just sitting there trying to get it started back up, and I’d be like, ‘I have emergency lights on. Why would you get behind me? You see the lights — go around.’”

Morris nevertheless persevered, even driving the Mazda from South Florida to D.C. when he was drafted by the Redskins, a 20-hour drive.

And while he’s received a ton of flak from friends for his “Bentley,” he has no intent to ever get rid of it, even when he buys a new ride:

“One day, my kids are going to drive that car,” Morris said with a laugh. “If it breaks down, I’m gettin’ it fixed. That’s just how I am.”

Poor, poor Morris children.

 

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28 Comments:
  • The press is first to post a story when a pro athlete loses all his fortunes and is broke but when a pro athlete shows responsibility with money they get made fun of much like this article is doing. about eight months from now when the economy takes another big blow many shooters will be driving vehicles much like this one
  • Financial responsibility in a pro athlete? Awesome!
  • This guy should get in touch with Vince Young and offer a little financial advice!
  • Seriously? "Poor, poor Morris children"? Like the kids should expect a nice, new car because their dad is an NFL-er? He's being smart with him money. If he continues this way, his children will learn to appreciate what they have. Once some of his teammates file for bankruptcy with limited funds in their accounts, they will wish they had a "Bentley" (see story about Vince Young!). The fall can be as quick as the rise but definitely not as exciting.
  • well stated
  • You are an aswome dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Don't know enough about football to know who this rookie is, but he should be held up as an example to ALL the new rookies! Dan Patrick (sports guy my husband listens to) often advocates teaching some kind of financial planning to college players so that they are prepared for their new riches. This kid could lecture on that!
  • Funny how this writer says making over 500k is not a big deal .... YET this same writer and liberals like him and OBAMA insult the 1% 24/7. I am tired of it myself
    And why any athletes would vote for Obama only proves what cult drinking clowns they are
  • I'm not Obama, but the 1% does tend to suck.
  • Islenskur, I am sick of you bitter, self righeous, right wing fanatics spewing out your hatred like vomit all over the place. All you people can do is insult others, simply because you are full of vengence and bitterness. Get over it and get on with your life-stop your jealousy.
  • vengeance and bitterness? you definitely have that backwards. it is the liberal left that are bitter about not having any money and wanting the right to share what they have worked hard for. you know, redistribute the wealth? you should look up the word jealousy some day, then get a job.
  • Islenskur...how did this go from a rookie football player to OUR President Obama??? Have you taken your medication today? I need you to stay focused on the topic...No one wants to hear your incoherent rhetoric and babblings.
  • I say, "Lucky Morris children!" If Morris holds to his core values, there will be enough money left from his NFL career to pay for college and get started in life. I can't think of a better opportunity than that.
  • I don't think we'll be reading about how he is broke after his NFL career. Sounds like his parents taught him the right values in life.
  • Very cool, Alfred MOrris will have more money at the end of his NFL career than 75% of all retired NFL and NBA athletes if he keeps living this way. Pretty smart for a rookie. Careful though, I heard rookies have to pick up some pretty big dinner and bar tabs on occasion.
  • I understand. I have a 1993 Accord that I love to drive and even though God has blessed me with the means to drive almost anything I want but that doesn't mean that I have to have some status symbol car. We all know he could too so let the man drive whatever he wants. I think it's awesome
  • The purpose of transportation is to get from point A to point B, his vehicle is accomplishing that. Spending money on a "status quo" vehicle is vain and stupid.
  • You go Alfred Morris! Continue to spend your money wisely for now - you can reward yourself (in moderation, hopefully) down the line.
  • I admire his fiscal restraint; however, I think this is the time to pass the car on. Perhaps he could sell it to a family member in need, but only if the car is in good condition. He could invest the money for a car for his children sometimes in the future. I would hope that he would not have his children driving an unsafe car. That would been reckless endangerment for his children as well as himself. The cost of repairs would more double the cost of a newer auto for his children. I am assuming his children are very young. If it it has so much sentimental value he should take a picture of the car and frame it. The purchase of a new car would not only allow him to drive in style, but also help drive the economy!
  • Finally a jock that doesn't give in to the I'm rich let's spend syndrome. Hope he watches his money and when it is time to buy a house he doesn't go in for the mansions type. Just because u make a little doesn't mean u have to get into something you don't really need.
  • Much respect!!! I only hope he remains this humble as he ages and invest very wisely.
  • good job, keep checking the oil and tires
  • Good for him ! Athletes need to learn to save and invest their money because at any moment their career could end ! On top of that, a lot athletes are now broke i.e. Vince Young so being wise and smart with your money is the way to go !
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