Unlike his NFL counterparts, Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris is still riding around in the same 1991 Mazda 626 he has had since his junior year at Florida Atlantic University. The estimated Kelly Blue Book value of the car is $1200, quite a difference from the luxury cars you tend to see in the parking lot of a NFL team.
“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris told the team’s official website. “Ti 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.”
Humble words coming from Morris in a time where many NFL players have reported losing millions. Recently, Vince Young has been making headlines for going broke.
Morris was the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft, the No. 173 pick in this year’s draft. The running back signed a $2,223,100 four year deal on May 7. Of that large amount, only $123,100 signing bonus was guaranteed. Morris as received much financial success since signing into the NFL. Accounting for taxes, agent fees, cost of pre-draft training, etc. Within his first two games, Morris account could have approximately $45,882 before taxes, but a new car is not in his future plans. “One day, my kids are going to drive that car,” said Morris. “If it breaks down, I’m getting it fixed. That’s just how I am.”