NFL player restores his 'dream' car
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris takes delivery of refurbished 1991 Mazda 626.
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]
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.
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