Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/12

Not all professional athletes spend it all at an alarming rate. Rookie running back Alfred Morris signed a four-year deal worth $2.23 million with the Redskins back in May. While he can’t afford a collection of BMWs and Bentleys just yet, he could certainly afford a nice set of wheels. Instead, he’s sticking with his 1991 Mazda 626 sedan for the time being. And he calls it “Bentley.”

“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris said on Wednesday. “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point. So that’s what helps me.”

As The Redskins Blog pointed out, Kelley Blue Book lists the private-party value of a 1992 Mazda 626 at $1,160. Checking the price for a 1991 wasn’t an option. Morris says he never had a car until he got “Bentley” his junior year at FAU. He had a tough time driving it since it was a stick, but eventually he got there.

“But my friends just teased me like, ‘Man, what are you doing in that piece of crap?’ and I’d say, ‘Oh, you talkin’ ’bout that Bentley right there?’” Morris explained. “The name just stuck, and eventually all my friends would be like, ‘Hey let me get a ride in the Bentley!’

Morris said even if does get a new car, he’s still keeping “Bentley.” While other NFL players are buying custom-made Challengers and coaches are splurging on classic cars, Morris is a man who remains in touch with his roots.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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