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Mazda is refurbishing the Alfred Morris 1991 Mazda

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We don’t do much free advertising in these parts, unless we get something in return, like access to the spokesperson.  Or cookies.

But the folks at Mazda deserve a gratuitous plug because they’re fixing up the 1991 Mazda that Redskins running back Alfred Morris refuses to relinquish.

 “She’s getting [refurbished],” Morris told the media on Thursday, via quotes distributed by the team.   “Mazda is going to make her like new, like she came off the floor on ‘91.  They actually just took it, so we’re going to switch cars while they’re doing it.  They said it would take about six-to-eight weeks to do it, but they’re going to totally refurbish it, so I’m happy about that. . . .  They’re just [refurbishing] it so that it can run for about 20 more years.”
 
Morris said his agents approached Mazda with he idea to fix up the car.
 
“Mazda was everywhere because of my car, so it was kind of giving them free publicity in a sense,” Morris said.  “I think they [Mazda] kind of hinted at saying something about, ‘Oh, we’ll fix your car up.’  They went from there and they worked out a deal.  So it worked out, and I’m going to get my baby back on the road so I’m excited about that.”
 
But Morris says the car won’t be radically different.
 
“It’s not like ‘Pimp My Ride’ or anything like that,” Morris said.  “I’m not into that type of stuff anyways.  . . .  I just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that.  They made sure the engine was in tip-top condition.  Maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission.  Just making sure that it can run 20 more years so that I don’t have to worry about it, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to put it on the road.  It might break down and I’ll be stranded.’  Just to get that worry out of the way, they’re going to refurb, and they might update it a bit, maybe put a navigation system or something in it.  But nothing like big rims and fish tanks in the back.”
 
Regardless of what Mazda does to the car, Morris uses it as a way to stay humble and grounded as his NFL career takes off.  And it’s a smart, non-#YOLO way to keep his money in his pockets for as long as possible.
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102 Responses to “Mazda is refurbishing the Alfred Morris 1991 Mazda”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 12:10 AM

    Meanwhile, Morris Minor is so peeved they’re going to start charging Afred for using their name.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 26, 2013 12:11 AM

    Fun fact: Alfred Morris is driving a 1991 Mazda by choice. Vince Young is driving a 1991 Mazda because he has too.

  3. peopletrains says: Jul 26, 2013 12:14 AM

    Seems like an easy guy to root for. Too bad he is on the Redskins.

  4. pftfollower says: Jul 26, 2013 12:17 AM

    Alfred, not much of a fan of you as a player, but right now me an my 1997 Isuzu rodeo with 196,000 miles are huge fans.

    Just spent a weekend with my brother in law hammering out the front end and replacing parts after it got hit to keep it rolling. Why take on payments right?

    Now that I think about you, the player are much like your car. There’s a ton of other ones I’d pick before you but you seem to get to where you need to be every time.

    Here’s to making this years rookies with 100,000 cars feel stupid.

  5. voorheesma says: Jul 26, 2013 12:18 AM

    This dude is unreal… So humble. A breath of fresh air and a bowling ball at the same time. And he honestly can’t wait for his Mazda 626. So glad skins didn’t draft a RB from Da U or The Ohio State. This guy s a winner HTTR

  6. jimmylions says: Jul 26, 2013 12:19 AM

    Can you get Audi to fix my 1999 A4?

  7. gregm5s7 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:23 AM

    yo dawg we heard you footballs and Mazda…so we filled your trunk with Mazda Footballs!!!

  8. bucrightoff says: Jul 26, 2013 12:25 AM

    Tarell Brown needs to hire Alfred Morris as his agent.

  9. jssgriffi says: Jul 26, 2013 12:34 AM

    Wow! He might actually be the very first normal athlete/icon since umm… No one

  10. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:37 AM

    One of the reasons i like Alfred Morris, a humble player who is a working class kind of a guy…

  11. slugbaitspace says: Jul 26, 2013 12:37 AM

    Nice to get the car back into its original 1991 condition, except I sure hope Mazda decides to update the stock AM radio for extra grins…

  12. sidk1121 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:41 AM

    I have a very unique respect for down to earth celebrities. Props to you Alfred Morris, you’re a class act

  13. sc711 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:45 AM

    That just set the bar for cool a little higher, kudos to Mazda, can’t wait to see it.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:54 AM

    Great story. This guy should speak at the next Rookie Symposium.

  15. sc711 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:54 AM

    20 years….hmmm…..engine, trans, secondary ignition, fuel injectors, all hoses, brakes, radiator, ac compressor, receiver drier, orifice tube, heater core, wheel bearings, combi switch, heater controls, starter, alternator, water pump, tie rods, ball joints, tires, alignment, ignition switch, lock cylinder, egr, exhaust……good to go.

  16. chucknorrissinspiration says: Jul 26, 2013 1:04 AM

    No fish tanks…damn. He’s getting shafted on that deal then.

  17. stevent92 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:06 AM

    Alfred Morris is one of the top 40 RB in the game today. Kudos to him.

  18. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 26, 2013 1:06 AM

    Cool story. Humble guy and going to be my first pick in my fantasy draft. Unless Doug Martin has 91 Honda he is getting refurbed.

  19. jenkins31 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:09 AM

    You just have to love this guy.

  20. stewart09 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:09 AM

    a true humble classy young man, saw a post about him playing paintball with fans after they only asked to take a photo with him, great sign that he wants to keep his normal car shows hes maturity and smarts, doubt this kid is gonna be broke 2 years after leaving the NFL.

  21. kd75 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:14 AM

    They should give it a maroon and gold paint job though, right?

  22. murraysons says: Jul 26, 2013 1:22 AM

    Back ’91 I’m pretty sure the only navigation system they had was a map. Those were the days. The map days.

  23. alokian says: Jul 26, 2013 1:23 AM

    He’s so humble, I can’t believe it. Awesome.

  24. softhelmet says: Jul 26, 2013 1:24 AM

    Good for him! What’s wrong with being humble. Retire with loads of cash…there’s a concept

  25. logicailvoicesays says: Jul 26, 2013 1:32 AM

    Another extremely humble and classy superstar member of the Redskins organization. The best RB in the NFL today. By the time he retires, he could very well be the best RB in NFL history.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 1:32 AM

    After keeping his car for two months, Mazda regrettably informed Afred that they weren’t able to save it. It passed away suddenly during overhaul. They did their best.

  27. nofaceangler718 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:33 AM

    What a cool guy. Wish my Jets had him and 52 other guys like him.

  28. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jul 26, 2013 1:35 AM

    Your car isn’t the reason Mazda is everywhere.

    He acts like they owe it to him for “free advertising.”

    Buy a new car, douche.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 1:38 AM

    I’d like to approach Fargo about fixing up my truck for the free publicity, but I think it’s too late to do them any good.

  30. jasonfinfan says: Jul 26, 2013 1:41 AM

    haha good for him, guy appears to have a very sound head on his shoulders. This may actually be one of the guys who doesn’t end up bankrupt after the NFL.

    I always laugh at people who need expensive flashy and fast rides.. Why so they can get a speeding ticket or speed to the next red light where my slow car will end up next to them. Get me a car with AC that can get me from point A to point B.

  31. jasonfinfan says: Jul 26, 2013 1:43 AM

    you know the best car, is a paid off car.. Good for alfred morris no need for flash except on the field.

  32. greenmeattruck says: Jul 26, 2013 1:46 AM

    Refreshing. Too many 5th-string practice squad players driving cars worth more than most people’s houses.

  33. romoscollarbone says: Jul 26, 2013 1:52 AM

    Car safety has advanced so much since 1991, he’s really not making a wise fiscal decision by driving that heap. You can have a decently priced car and still be humble. It doesn’t have to be 100K.

  34. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 26, 2013 1:58 AM

    I just SO hope this guy turns out to be the Real Deal. This sport — humanity in general — needs him to be as advertised. If he is, THIS is what a Role Model looks like, kids.

  35. mp4philly says: Jul 26, 2013 1:59 AM

    Vince Young thinks Morris is an idiot

  36. jakkispeed says: Jul 26, 2013 2:20 AM

    Well I hope it’s a ’91 Mazda 323 and not a Mazda 626. Don’t want to see the kid going big-time on the rest of us.

  37. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 26, 2013 2:20 AM

    As a cowboys fan I still like Morris and rg3 but their egos are steadily growing by the day. Keep staying humble and contradicting yourselves at the same time playboys. Ftr

  38. sirsupersouthern says: Jul 26, 2013 2:25 AM

    I’m the same way about my ’97 BMW, I keep it in the best shape possible and steadfastly refuse to get rid of her for any reason. I love that car…

  39. trevor123698 says: Jul 26, 2013 2:31 AM

    After the free pub they literally have to do this. he can’t get caught missing a game in a broken down mazda (pagan god btw)

  40. britishraven says: Jul 26, 2013 2:36 AM

    This guy is becoming one of my favourite players in the league

  41. therealraider says: Jul 26, 2013 2:48 AM

    Not a redskins fan but now I am an Alfred Morris fan.

  42. vertskate900 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:00 AM

    Totally understand. I’d love to get the same treatment for my baby, a ’99 323i convertible Bimmer. However, that’s where the similarities between me and Morris end. For instance, if/when I can afford a BMW Z8, I’m going for that beauty.

  43. i10east says: Jul 26, 2013 3:12 AM

    Fancy whip…

  44. gt412 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:13 AM

    It is impossible not to like this guy, humble and hardworking, definitely a winning combo. I’m not even a Skins fan, but I will be rooting for him.

  45. goldrush94 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:45 AM

    That’s really nice of Mazda to help those in need.

  46. myhawks1976 says: Jul 26, 2013 4:21 AM

    as a Seahawks fan, U want desperately to dislike this dude. as a man, I can’t. that, is the kind of dude that his head screwed on right. hat tip to the Morris parents.

  47. jammer88 says: Jul 26, 2013 5:48 AM

    I’ve met Alfred Morris a few times last season and he’s a class act. Not a bling guy, not a showy guy, just a down to earth dude. Too bad other players aren’t like AM.

  48. floratiotime says: Jul 26, 2013 5:49 AM

    I think this officially makes him the smartest Redskins player in history.

  49. pabrownsfan says: Jul 26, 2013 6:14 AM

    Great story. He seems to a grounded young man.

  50. mp42245 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:25 AM

    Nice story

  51. rukkus1 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:29 AM

    Alfred Morris just moved up my fantasy football draft sheet a couple notches

  52. patriots420 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:30 AM

    Awesome story, I motion to have more stories like this in place of Redskins name change stories. Sounds fair to me

  53. mempusa says: Jul 26, 2013 6:37 AM

    Mazda should take a single parents old car and fix that up for free. Maybe Alfred Morris can buy a new car for a kid who works hard, maybe lost a parent every year like Warrick Dunn does?

  54. sidepull says: Jul 26, 2013 6:48 AM

    No tigers or monkeys for Alfred. Stay grounded kid.

  55. mustbechris says: Jul 26, 2013 6:49 AM

    Please don’t say “#YOLO” anymore, at least not here

  56. eagleempire says: Jul 26, 2013 6:53 AM

    From an Eagles fan, this isn’t easy to say….but Alford Morris is a pretty cool dude!

  57. jakeblues68 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:54 AM

    I’m not a Redskins fan but how can anyone not like this guy?

  58. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jul 26, 2013 7:04 AM

    Lol….mazdas are junk to begin with. This guy is weird. It’s almost like he’s doing this on purpose to say oh look at me I’m down to earth like you are. Money won’t change me…lol ya right. Go look at his house. Bet it is layed out. Bet it isn’t the house he grew up in! What a shmuck!

  59. whysomanylosers says: Jul 26, 2013 7:08 AM

    This is the guy that needs to be talking rookie symposiums. Not the hypocrites that say “don’t do what I did”.
    Now if I could only get Mazda to refurb my 10 year old (Nissan) truck.

  60. phillyphan975 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:19 AM

    How can you not like this guy?

  61. dukeshoward says: Jul 26, 2013 7:19 AM

    This is an example of an athlete spending his money wisely. Good for Morris.

  62. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:26 AM

    Nice. Dude seems like he’s wired right.

  63. mrstinkypants says: Jul 26, 2013 7:28 AM

    “fish tanks in the back”?

    Either way, you have to give credit to Morris for sticking with this car even though now he do a lot better. My feeling is though after Mazda “tweaks” it, he won’t get another 20 years out of it though. He’ll probably wish he’d left well enough alone. I’d love to see a follow up to this story in 6-8 weeks when the final product rolls out.

  64. mistamista2000 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:32 AM

    I have a good feeling that Alfred Morris will not be filing bankruptcy or on ESPN’s Broke 2 in ten years. There are many players in all sports who could learn a lesson from him.

  65. concoursrider says: Jul 26, 2013 7:33 AM

    Pretty cool. It’s nice to see someone actually save their money oppose to buying all these expensive cars.

  66. colonelcamp says: Jul 26, 2013 7:34 AM

    Sounds like a really smart guy. Way to stay humble.

  67. gadzod says: Jul 26, 2013 7:36 AM

    The kid gets it. I’m not a Redskins fan at all, however, I’ll continue to root for him. He’s setting himself up for life, not for the 10 years he is in the league.

  68. trollingforjustice says: Jul 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    I hope the Redskins can get as many miles out of Morris as he gets from his car

  69. canetic says: Jul 26, 2013 7:40 AM

    I didn’t realize Mazda was still in business.

  70. artmonk81 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:49 AM

    A true class act. Stay humble Alfred!

  71. paul82461 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:49 AM

    good for you Alfred, can you get Mazda to do my 1991 mazda also?

  72. dlw492 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:50 AM

    The definition of, started from the bottom. This kid already had his slice of humble pie. Wish. Wish more would follow, good job.

  73. tooz72 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:52 AM

    smart young athlete..seems rare nowadays

  74. ctiggs says: Jul 26, 2013 7:52 AM

    Awesome story , most of Alfreds teammates will become broke, while he is thriving in life after football.

  75. raidernut says: Jul 26, 2013 7:57 AM

    Good to see a young man grounded than blowin it all on crap he would lose in 5 years…

  76. corvusmaximus says: Jul 26, 2013 8:01 AM

    You really have to admire this young man.

    Undrafted rookie (correct me if I’m wrong skins faithful) who just tore it up last year and still striving to stay “humble and grounded.”

    Wishing you a long, successful career Mr. Morris.

  77. wjcain23 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:01 AM

    good kid.

  78. ronmexicothecoachkiller says: Jul 26, 2013 8:02 AM

    Cool To hear that there is an NFL Player that exists that most likely wont piss all his money away in a few years.

  79. howiefeltersnatch says: Jul 26, 2013 8:03 AM

    Hey Ford, I’ve got a Mustang that needs the same treatment. You come pick it up and I wait 6-8 weeks? Sounds good!

  80. honkeyt says: Jul 26, 2013 8:05 AM

    When I saw him truk the Bears on the preseason last year I told those tools on NFL.com that this was the next great Redskins back. #Genius.

  81. gregmorris78 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:06 AM

    Morris is a quality pick up for sure

  82. nemesder says: Jul 26, 2013 8:12 AM

    If more people were like almo the world would be a better place

  83. Neftali Ramos says: Jul 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    Coolest story I’ve read in awhile. I have a new favorite player…and I’m an Eagles fan!

  84. thegrey7 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:14 AM

    Cool… I just became an Alfred Morris fan.

  85. redskinpotatoes says: Jul 26, 2013 8:15 AM

    I know I’m biased, but I really don’t know how anyone could dislike this guy.

  86. edouble86 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:18 AM

    Love this guy’s attitude and humbleness. Going to borrow a Buck Showalter-ism:

    I’m glad he’s on our side.

  87. tonyugoh says: Jul 26, 2013 8:32 AM

    My dad used to drive the same model Mazda when I was growing up, I remember getting driven to school every day in that car haha.

  88. root4cleveland says: Jul 26, 2013 8:33 AM

    This guy just became one of my top-5 favorite players ever. Well done, Morris. Keep your head down and stay humble. 20 years from now you’ll be far ahead of your draft-class. I hope all of them follow your lead.

  89. spellingcops says: Jul 26, 2013 8:36 AM

    Nicely done Alfred. My two cars I drive the most are huge pieces of crap & I love it. 94 civic with 275k & 91 dodge d-50 with 180k. No navigation system, no huge radio, no rims, & best of all, no payments.

  90. twilson962 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:00 AM

    Alfred Morris… Just your friendly neighborhood running back.

    This is a guy that is just easy to root for.

  91. mustangdmg says: Jul 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    h Saw an interview with AM on TV during the playoffs. Talked about the Mazda. During high school or college I can’t remember which, he was struggling to getting to practices and couldn’t a car. A pastor gave him the keys, at no cost, and said you need it more than I do. AM said he still has it because it reminds him how he got to where he is now. I became a fan of his right after that interview.

  92. pilot2011 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:22 AM

    saw him at the KLOVE Christian music award show in Nashville. Pretty cool dude, definitely humble even with his success.

  93. watermelon1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    I mean… That’s cool and all. But maybe Mazda picking out a random person who doesn’t make millions… And fix up a THEIR old Mazda, would be the better public relations move?

  94. jets4everbaby says: Jul 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Stay grounded man

  95. bleedgreen says: Jul 26, 2013 9:37 AM

    jasonfinfan says:
    Jul 26, 2013 1:43 AM
    you know the best car, is a paid off car.. Good for alfred morris no need for flash except on the field.

    ————————————-

    Only as long as its reliable. A paid off car that you have to dump $500 every 2 months into in order to keep it on the road isnt’ as good as one with a $200/mo payment but all it takes is gas and oil changes.

  96. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    This guy is fun to watch.

  97. boyshole25 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:50 AM

    I hope he lasts so he gets a nice
    Contract ad can retire comfortably

  98. pinion8ted says: Jul 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    You’d think that on an NFL salary he could either afford a new car, or restore this one himself. Let Mazda restore the ’91 of some young couple who isn’t doing so well.

  99. dikshuttle says: Jul 26, 2013 1:06 PM

    Nothing says Redskin like a ’91 Mazda.

    Like when Baugh was gifted a Packard by the ‘Skins (which apparently he promptly wrecked! oops!) complete with a payment booklet. They’d made the first payment or something & he got the rest!

    Classic.

  100. lachamp45 says: Jul 26, 2013 4:04 PM

    Here’s to Zac Stacy or Benny Cunningham becoming the next Al Morris…

    Sweet story…..Mazda…626…wow….

  101. gmsalpha says: Jul 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    I can’t get my head around this guy’s decision to keep driving that old car. I love it! But I could never fathom doing anything similar myself.

  102. laserw says: Aug 5, 2013 12:05 AM

    Nice to see an athlete not go out and blow loads of money on depreciating Cadillacs. If Alfred is as good with his money as he appears to be with his car, this guy will be a case study for all athletes – living well below your means while you are working sets you up to living well in retirement.

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