Cowboys running back Alfred Morris could afford any sports car or luxury SUV, but the car he drives daily to Valley Ranch is the same old 1991 four-door sedan he bought for $2 from his pastor when he was a junior in college at Florida Atlantic University.
“Yes, I still have my car,” boasts Morris. “I still drive ‘Bentley’ which is what I call my car even though she’s not really a Bentley. It’s always going to be my baby and I’m going to drive it ‘til she dies.”
Morris and his car first gained attention during his first season with the Redskins in 2012. The rookie 6th round pick’s ride didn’t fit in with the gleaming sports cars driven by his teammates. He had driven the car on a 20-hour road trip from his home in Florida; the expired parking sticker from his senior year was still stuck on the windshield.
Now that he’s with the Cowboys, he’s sticking with his old ride although he didn’t have to make the long drive from D.C. to Dallas.
“I had it shipped from Washington, D.C. I didn’t get to drive it down because I had to get here so quickly for ‘captain’s workouts’ after I signed with the Cowboys (on March 22nd),” says Morris. “They already had over 40 guys who were back for workouts. So I came quickly and was part of that. I had the car shipped and I’m driving it now.”
Morris confesses that unpredictable weather in North Texas has him thinking of renting a car temporarily.
“With this weather right now, all the rain storms for the past couple of weeks, I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t want my car to get in an accident!’ So I’m thinking of finding something else temporarily.”
Because of all the publicity over his choice of ride, two years ago the auto manufacturer offered to restore the car. It’s still a stick shift, but at least now the air conditioner works!
Also, the AM-FM tape deck was replaced with a touch screen audio system, the cloth seats were replaced with cross-stitched leather seats, and a total of 275 man hours were spent making it look and drive as if the car were newly rolled off an assembly line. The old parking sticker, however, remains in place.
Morris will hold onto the car to remind himself to remain humble. He is one of seven sons born to Ronald & Yvonne Morris in Pensacola, Florida. His father worked construction, and his mother went back to school to earn a master’s degree in special education.
Hard work and humility are Morris’ family values. Driving the old car is a way of reminding himself to stay humble.
As for the car’s value, it’s hard to determine. Kelley Blue Book values only go back 25 years, so there’s nothing on their Web site for looking up a model from 1991. The oldest on the current site are 1992 models.
But Morris doesn’t need a blue book to tell him the value of his ride. Some items, for sentimental reasons, are truly priceless!