• Oct 10, 2013
I don't actually care for the Washington Redskins (which is a good thing, considering the start to their season this year), but I love their running back, Alfred Morris. Why? Well, to start with, Morris helped deliver a dominating 10-3 season for my fantasy football team last year after a flash of prescience saw me pick him up off the waiver wire in Week 1 (hit me up on Twitter if you need fantasy sports insight, guys, I'm sort of like the Ruxin of Autoblog).

Morris is also pretty endearing because of his loyalty to his car, Bentley. Hold up – that's not to say the running back has splashed out on a Continental GT or a Flying Spur. No, Morris gave his much-loved 1991 Mazda 626 the tongue-in-cheek name "Bentley" while he was still a student at Florida Atlantic. One 1,613-rushing-yard rookie season and a $2.2-million contract later, and Morris is still using his Mazda as his daily driver. It might be easy to assume that the young player is simply being really prudent with all of his newfound wealth, but the guy really just has a thing for his five-speed-manual 626.

And Mazda, of course, loves the story of Morris' affection. In an effort to keep his 626 running strong and looking good, the company's Washington D.C.-area dealers have agreed to refurbish Bentley back to its original showroom freshness. Rather than spoil the classic (?) lines of the 626, the Mazda folks are essentially restoring the car for Morris. The cracked dash will be swapped out for a factory replacement, the engine and transmission given a thorough going-over and the whole vehicle generally made as fresh as Will Smith circa 1991. Bentley is expected to be completed and rolling through the capitol city by October 15, and in the meantime, Morris has been driving around in a new 2014 Mazda6 loaner car.
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Washington D.C. Mazda Dealers to Present Alfred Morris with Refurbished 1991 Mazda 626

Tuesday, October 15th, 10:00 a.m.

Chantilly Mazda

WHAT: Washington, D.C.-area Mazda Dealers will present Alfred Morris with his refurbished Mazda 626. On July 22nd, Alfred dropped off his beloved 1991 Mazda 626, affectionately named "Bentley," to be brought back to factory new condition. Alfred will see his "new" car for the first time on October 15th. While his car has been in the shop, Alfred has been enjoying driving a 2014 Mazda6 around town and to and from Redskins practice and games.

Bucking convention, Morris continues to depend on "Bentley" as his daily car, even though he is a starting running back.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      So nice to see an NFL player with a little humility. Great story, and a great opportunity seized by Mazda.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You don't need to own an expensive or fancy car to be a car enthusiast. Respect.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see someone in the NFL not go crazy and spend money that could evaporate with one injury. Thx for the story!
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      that's a sensible fellow.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember hearing about this player on some sports show a few months back about how everyone is sporting new Merc's or Audi's and he still drivers his Mazda. Very humble guy and the sport needs more people like him. Seems all the money he is getting for playing is just a bonus for doing what he loves.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love stuff like this. New, fresh, expensive cars are great but every now and then on the road, I catch a 20-30 year old ride that is in tip top shiny shape, and almost regardless of the car, I'm immediately interested in it. I'd love to have one of my old rides back and have a full factory refresh on it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        There's a late 80s Camry near where I work, and it looks showroom fresh, Super White. It's quite astounding!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool story! It's nice to see an athlete in a positive story.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All car company should offer some sort of refurbishing packages of their past cars for a price. Respect to Alfred Morris and kudos to Mazda.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy's keepin it real with a car that brought him through his dearest years. Props.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a great story, and I applaud Mr. Morris for keeping and driving his beloved Mazda 626. And why not? He loves that machine, and it shows. Nice of Mazda to restore the vehicle. Bravo, Mr. Morris!!! Peace... AladdinSane ☆
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      People are very hard to please it seems. First, everyone must understand (as many here already have) that this is a marketing move by Mazda. In order for them to get the most bang for the buck they must find someone with some sort of public visibility and this guy is a great choice. Second, it seems that every time a football/basketball/baseball player is shown driving exotics and daily driving $100k+ cars, a lot of people get upset (they certainly aren't reasonable about it, but that's what makes them idiots). Then when a football/basketball/baseball player is shown driving his reserved and affordable bucket with a cracked dash, many still get upset (certainly for no valid reason). Understand that Mazda is spending some of their marketing budget towards this act and they have to get the most for their buck so they found a good guy to spend it on.
      • 1 Year Ago
      who says you have to have bling to be respected in this world. Respect!
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