Alfred Morris, a sixth-round pick and the 173rd player to be chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft Alfred Morris has no intentions of ever forgetting where he came from and exactly what helped him get there.
The running back from Pensacola, Florida whose college career was with Florida Atlantic University will gladly share with you the story behind how he got his “Bentley” and he’s not ashamed of what he paid for it.
Well it’s not a real “Bentley” It’s a 1991 Mazda 626 Sedan, it first rolled off the lot when he was 3 years old. the first car he ever owned…he bought it in college for $2.00, and he named it “Bentley.”
The story behind the purchase of the car is even more humbling….Three years after he arrived at Florida Atlantic, Morris’s pastor, Gregory Fashaw, sold the football player the Mazda. He wanted to give it to Morris. But in fear of violating NCAA rules of improper benefits, he sold it to Morris for a great price.
“He said, ‘Two dollars. Just two dollars,’ ” Morris recalled. “I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Two dollars!’ God answered my prayer. . . . I was like, ‘It might not be much, but it’s mine.’ I wouldn’t let anybody steal my joy. They’d crack on me when I got it, and I’d be like, ‘Oh, that Bentley out there? Yeah, I’d be jealous if I didn’t have one, too.’ And the name just stuck.” He added… “It has some sentimental value to it now. 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.”
He has no plans to ever get rid of “Bentley” However, if he did…a 1993 Mazda 626 in fair condition has trade-in value of $500.
Morris drove Bentley 1,022 miles from South Florida to Ashburn this spring after the Redskins drafted him and signed him to a four-year, $2.2 million contract.
Morris knows he has his future in front of him. However, realistically thinking he understands that there are “no guarantees in professional sports.”
The Redskins running back and one of the most humble athletes in the NFL earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against the Cowboys. His response to the award… he said he was honored that a no-name rookie from Florida Atlantic University would even be considered for such an esteemed award. He added…“I’m just thankful I get to do something I love to do,” Morris said.
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