Mazda is refurbishing Alfred Morris’s 1991 626

Alfred Morris, Mazda 626

Alfred Morris and his beloved vehicle in 2012. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Redskins running back Alfred Morris revealed that his beloved 1991 Mazda 626 did not make the trip to training camp, and temporarily is not on the road.

The car that Morris affectionately calls “Bentley” or his “boo,” currently is in the possession of a Mazda factory because the company is refurbishing the car.

“Mazda is going to make her like new, like she came off the floor in ’91,” Morris said. “They actually just took it, so we’re going to switch cars while they’re doing it. They said it would take about six to eight weeks to do it, but they’re going to totally refurbish it. So, I’m happy about that. They’re just refurbishing it so it can run for about 20 more years. … I’m going to get my baby back on the road.”

Morris said his agents worked out the deal with Mazda, and that the car company had initiated some contact because his story had given them a good deal of publicity. The plan is to add some modern features, like a navigation system and CD player, but nothing too lavish, Morris said.

“It’s not ‘Pimp my ride,’ or anything like that,” Morris said. “I’m not into that type of stuff anyways. It’s just kind of – I just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that. They’ll make sure the engine is in tip-top condition, maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission – just making sure that it can run 20 more years so I don’t have to worry about it, like, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to put it on the road. It might break down and I’ll be stranded.’ Just to get that worry out of the way. … But nothing like big rims and fish tanks in the back.”

Passing on the opportunity to “pimp” his ride represented yet another instance of Morris sticking to his humble beginnings.

A sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic in 2012, Morris at one point seemed like a long shot to make the roster. But he came out of nowhere to win the starting job and wound up rushing for a franchise single-season record 1,613 yards.

This year he enters camp firmly entrenched as the starting running back. But Morris said his mind-set has not changed in the last year.

“I don’t approach it any different. I mean, I’ve got a year under my belt, I learned a lot, I’m more comfortable with the offense and what the coaches are trying to get done with their schemes,” Morris explained. “I mean, I’m a lot more comfortable than last year. But I still come in, in my mind, I’m still not the starting running back. They drafted two guys. We have a lot of competition with [Roy] Helu, [Evan] Royster and Keiland Williams. Competition only makes us better, so we are all competing against each other. But to me, I’m not the starter. I still have that mind-set as if I haven’t made it yet. I know it sounds cliché to say that but, that’s just the way I approach everything. It’s a business. You never know what can happen, so I’m always trying to find way to better me. I’m always trying to find ways to continue to outwork everyone.”

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