Washington Redskins starting running back Alfred Morris might not drive a flashy sports car or SUV, but after today, he'll be driving the nicest 1991 Mazda 626 on the planet.

Back in July, Morris temporarily traded in his 626 – cheekily named Bentley – for a 2014 Mazda6 loaner courtesy of Mazda, and today the sedan was presented back to him after the ultimate PR stunt: a reported 275-man-hour restoration that left this 22-year-old daily driver looking like it just rolled off the assembly line.

Not everything was brought back to original condition, though. The expired sticker from Morris' final year at Florida Atlantic University was left on the windshield, but to fit the car's nickname, a few high-end touches were added to the interior. This includes the quilted, cross-stitched leather seats (just like a real Bentley) and the touchscreen Pioneer audio system. There's also a plaque under the hood marking this car as the "Alfred Morris Project."

According to Jalopnik, Morris bought the car back in his college days from his pastor for just $2. We're not sure how much money Mazda and Mazda's D.C.-area dealerships put into this restoration, but it was definitely no cheap undertaking. Scroll through the gallery to see before, during and after shots of Morris' very special 626.


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      turboawdftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      how cool would it be if he re-gifted it back to his pastor who gave him the car?? this guy is a class act.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am very impressed that the dealer mechanics have the ability to pull this off. I am even more impressed that they manage to round up the necessary parts for this 20+ year old non-entusiast car.
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had no idea they took it down that far, nice PR stunt since this has gotten so much coverage but it\'s nice to see him not acting like Vince Young and spending up all his money.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think as an exercise in engineering it's kinda dumb, but what it represents is wonderful. The idea that someone who is about to become very wealthy, wants to remain close to the things that made him an NFL caliber player. I wish that more of us thought that way.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Julio B
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is very nice but I wouldn't call it the "Ultimate PR stunt" and it certainly was cheap for Mazda and the dealers group. 275 hours @ $25 (an estimated average of what the techs that work on this project would make) plus parts may be around $15,000. Now $15K for all the promotion they have received from this project including an NFL figure... I would consider that cheap.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great story ,but I think the seats would have looked better with the original seats and original door inserts....also I think they should have put the dx model hubcaps back on. : ) .
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this story. It makes me want my '92 F-150 back. ( I beat the ever-living hell out of it, so it would need a big resto like the 626. )
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Manual windows and transmission...WIN!
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great story. Kudos to Mazda for this nice gesture...
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morris should name the car after his teammate. RG 3 and out.
      Eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's pretty cool!
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