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Washington Redskins Alfred Morris drives a 1991 Mazda that he calls ‘Bentley’

Sep 23, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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While most NFL players are driving around in BMW’s, Mercedes and Ford Trucks, Redskins starting running back Alfred Morris is riding in a rather unique whip.

Morris owns and drives a 1991 Mazda 626 sedan that he bought when he was in college at Florida Atlantic. Even though, Morris signed a $2.2 million dollar deal with Washington in the off-season, he isn’t getting rid of the Mazda anytime soon:

“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris said 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.”

When Morris first got the car, he had to learn how to drive it since the car was a stick shift. He also had some very interesting experiences taking the Mazda out on long road trips:

“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.”

I assume that most of you are now asking the $100,000 question, “How did the car get the name, Bentley?”. Well, Alfred’s friends are the reason why the car received that monicker:

“My friends, when I first got it — it was kind of an eyesore,” said Morris, who then added that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

“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 said. “The name just stuck, and eventually all my friends would be like, ‘Hey let me get a ride in the Bentley!’”

Here is an image of Morris unique ride in the Redskins parking lot:

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Alfred Morris won’t give up his Bentley [Redskins Blog]

  1. tigersgeaux - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Glad to hear Morris is frugal. So many great athletes make the millions but have nothing a few years out from retirement.

    I own a 1991 Camry with 387,000 miles on it. The engine went at about 200K and the trans at about 270K and I replaced them. Going well, very well. Drive it every day, don’t want a new one. Will keep that one as long as possible.

    • hwatt - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      that’s awesome. I put 30k miles on my car every year. It’s an 07 Tiburon SE, Hyundai doesn’t make ‘em look like this anymore. So I plan on keeping mine for the next 40 years, or until they make a style I like. I figure repairs should never get above 5k or so, and paying that is a lot less than 15, 20k at least for a whole new car.