Alfred Morris still sleeps on the couch at home

December 12, 2012

Alfred Morris’s humility and likeability are reaching absurd levels, as evidenced by him refusing to submit a wish list for Santa and instead asking Santa what he would like for himself.

“Alfred Morris is not a real person,” The Big Lead wrote in response. “He is an ad campaign for the Most Considerate Man in the World.”

Which brings me to a recent piece Yahoo! Sports did with Morris in his Pensacola home town, in which the running back revealed that he still sleeps on the couch when he goes to visit his parents.

“I sleep on the couch by choice,” he said. “You can have the bed. You know, it’s fine. It’s a pretty comfortable couch, though.”

The whole thing was a four-minute campaign for humility, like when Morris was asked about his NFL longevity.

“The NFL isn’t a career; it’s an experience,” the rookie said. “Careers can last 40, 50 years. People can grow old in a career.”

Or when he was asked about life as a superstar.

“I’m still a person at the end of the day,” he said. “Just because we come into this status of being in the NFL doesn’t mean that life stops. I still have bills to pay, I still have groceries to shop for, I still have every-day tasks to complete outside of football.”

Or when he was asked about his high school coach.

“He used to tell me I was too nice,” Morris said. “I was a linebacker, I was a first-team all-state linebacker, [but] I didn’t want to [take] peoples’ heads off.”

Hyperbole? If so, it’s hyperbole that’s lasted a half-decade. This comes from a story in the Pensacola News Journal, when Morris was named the region’s MVP as a senior.

Nice guys finish last? Yeah, right. Don’t tell that to Alfred Morris….

“There are so many great things you can say about him,” Eagles coach Jerry Pollard said. “Most of all, he’s an outstanding team player. It’s all team to him.”…

The only knock, if you can call it that, against the 6-foot, 225-pound star was his proclivity to never let his emotions get the better of him. “Coach (Pollard) says I’m too nice,” said Morris, who has been offered only one scholarship — by Florida Atlantic. “It’s not that. I just don’t have to beat anyone across the head to get my point across. I lift them up instead of making it worse.”

That paper was also at Morris’s high school when he signed with FAU. He told the paper he was “just as excited about studying sports medicine” as he was about playing ball.

“I can get hurt at any time, so it’s important to get my education,” he said then. “As an athletic trainer, I could at least stay around something I love, even if I couldn’t play.”

Yahoo! also asked Morris about putting on his uniform for the first time.

“Just putting on the burgundy and gold, it’s like, maaan,” he said. “Not only am I in the NFL, but I get to play for my favorite team. I don’t think too many people can say that. And for such a storied franchise, and a team that has probably to me the best fans in the nation. They’re so loyal. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s definitely the truth.”

Eh, I don’t know. I still say he might be fictional.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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