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NFL player restores his 'dream' car

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris takes delivery of refurbished 1991 Mazda 626.

By Clifford Atiyeh Oct 15, 2013 10:57AM
While most pro athletes indulge in luxury cars — and who are we to judge, we'd do the same — Redskins running back Alfred Morris hasn't, at least in public. In fact, he loves his 1991 Mazda 626 sedan so much that he had it fully refurbished by a group of Washington, D.C., Mazda dealers.

Earlier today, Morris took the keys to his new silver 626, nicknamed "Bentley," at a dealer event in Chantilly, Va. Mazda technicians spent 12 weeks stripping the car to its bare frame, replacing the alternator, battery, brakes, air conditioner and gutting the original 2.2-liter 110-horsepower 4-cylinder engine.

Inside, they added diamond-stitched leather seats to mimic a real Bentley and installed a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system in front of the 5-speed manual shifter. It's immaculate.

"This is my baby, man," Morris told a group of reporters. "It's more than just a car. I didn't grow up with a lot. This helps me remember where I come from and where I'm going."


Morris bought the 626 from his pastor when he was a junior at Florida Atlantic University and drove the car from Florida to Virginia for his first NFL training camp last summer, where he was picked in the sixth round of the draft by the Washington Redskins. Morris wants to hand the 626 to his kids, but beyond his humbleness of driving a slow, old car, there's no doubt it could become his good luck charm.

[Source: Mazda; Final photo via Jalopnik]
299Comments
Oct 15, 2013 12:17PM
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What a humble, cool thing to do .So  many  young  athletes get a few bucks and go crazy.

This man is grounded and I hope he has a great football career.

Oct 15, 2013 12:17PM
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Wow, what a wonderful attitude this young man has. He represents the type of professional athlete role model more kids should be exposed to. I wish him well in his pro career
Oct 15, 2013 12:17PM
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What a breath of fresh air!! Alfred Morris and the Redskins now have a fan in Dallas.
Oct 15, 2013 12:17PM
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I think that is cool. Serving as reminder where he came from. Possibly as a way to keep him humble unlike many people that go from rags to riches and turn into big a-holes. 
Oct 15, 2013 12:17PM
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Awesome.  You gained a fan Morris, and I hate the Skins.
Oct 15, 2013 12:18PM
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Common sense for a change with this athlete! ;)

Oct 15, 2013 12:15PM
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Mazda better pay to get this into an ad, quick!
Oct 15, 2013 12:16PM
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I like the story not so sure why its news but I'd rather see a NFL player on MSN for doing something decent rather than MURDER
Oct 15, 2013 12:18PM
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