I saw this story and loved it because it is proof that not every single young professional athlete is a moron, it gives me hope for the “yoots” out there.
So many professional athletes get a little bit of money and stupidly blow through it. We just found out this week that Vince Young is flat broke. There are so many players showing up to the draft with “bling” bought on credit. They don’t even have a team yet, let alone a contract.
Alfred Morris is my kind of guy, he was drafted and eventhough it was the 6th round he probably got a contact that is a pretty nice payday compared the average American. But he isn’t trying to live larger than he can, he knows his career could end on any play. By driving a “beater” he can stash that money away just-in-case. The value of his car is approximately $1000. That is probably less than the monthly payment of most of the other cars in that lot.
There are a lot of NFL players, especially rookies that could learn a lot from following Alfred’s example. Even though he plays for the Redskins I will be cheering him on (except of course when you play the Eagles) because it is obvious that he is an intelligent young man.
Alfred Morris Won’t Give Up His ‘Bentley’ Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 5:09 pm
Morris, a rookie running back, can most likely afford a nicer vehicle, but his ’91 Mazda — which is affectionately known as his “Bentley” — reminds Morris of his journey of playing at mid-level Florida Atlantic University to starting in his first two career games in the National Football League.
“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris said Wednesday before the Redskins headed out for practice. “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.”
Morris said he didn’t have a vehicle at all until his junior year at FAU, so he certainly didn’t turn his nose up at “Bentley” when he had the chance to get it.
“I could’ve been like, ‘Ah, I don’t want this piece of crap,’” Morris said. “But I always wanted a car, and it was what I got.”
Learning to tame his “Bentley” wasn’t an easy task for Morris.
“It’s a stick-shift,” Morris said. “I had to teach myself how to drive it.”
Which made for some interesting 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.’”
Since that time, however, Morris has had some quality time to bond with his vehicle, considering he drove it more than 20 hours from South Florida to his new D.C.-area residence when he was drafted by the Redskins.
But how did he land on a name like “Bentley,” which is one of the more luxurious automobile manufacturers on the planet?
“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!’”
As it stands today, the Kelley Blue Book private-party value on Morris’ Mazda 626 is about $1,160. And that’s in perfect condition.
Also, that’s for a 1992 Mazda 626 model. Kelley Blue Book doesn’t even offer the option to go back to 1991.
Anyway, Morris said he’ll likely buy a new car someday, but he plans on making “Bentley” a family heirloom.
“One day, my kids are going to drive that car,” Morris said with a laugh. “If it breaks down, I’m gettin’ it fixed. That’s just how I am.”
original article can be found here.