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Alfred Morris: ‘I just love who I am’

 Last month, LaDainian Tomlinson speculated that Russell Wilson was on track to become the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. This week he sort of reconsidered.

“I may pick Alfred Morris as my Rookie of the Year and here’s why,” Tomlinson said on his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show. “For one, he’s been the most consistent player on the Washington Redskins. He’s been durable, he’s been able to handle the carries, he’s put up numbers.

“And no matter what quarterback has been in the game — whether RGIII was there or Kirk Cousins at the time he played — the one constant that they had was that guy in the backfield, where you can hand the ball off and he was going to get you yards.  And so you can make the case that he should be the Rookie of the Year. What he brings to that team, man, you can’t deny the fact that he’s had a great year but also he has done it when people have game-planned to stop him.”

So on the one hand, we have one of the greatest running backs ever suggesting that Morris may have exceeded the achievements of his first-round running mate. On the other hand, we have Morris saying he isn’t and will never be a star. What’s up with that?

“It’s just who I am,” Morris told Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan this week, when asked why he’s so weirdly humble. “It’s my DNA. I couldn’t change it if I tried. But it’s good to stay that way, because once you get to a point that you start getting complacent, that you start getting comfortable, that you feel like there’s no room for improvement or you feel like you’re better than others, that’s when your decline starts.

“And I don’t plan to ever have a decline,” Morris continued. “I don’t want a decline. I just want to continue to get better, continue to do what I’ve been doing as long as possible. You know, it’s not gonna be forever, there’s gonna be a time it’s gonna come to an end, but while I’m doing it, I want to enjoy it.

“I don’t want to see my downfall,” he said. “I’d be very disappointed in myself if I ever got to a point that I’m not humble, if I got to a point that I was an arrogant guy. I never want that to happen. So I always make myself available, I’m very personable, I love people…I just love who I am. I’m glad I was raised the way I was, I’m glad I am the guy who I am today.”

And obliterating the so-called rookie wall? What was that about?

“It’s a mindset,” Morris said. “Me, I’m a workhorse. No matter what the workload is, whether it’s five carries, 35 carries;  whether it’s 12 games in a season, whether it’s 16, it really doesn’t matter. I’m always prepared for no matter what comes my way: rain, sleet, snow, freezing cold, heat. It really doesn’t matter what comes my way….I just mentally prepare myself for any condition, any situation. And it definitely helps me. That’s why I didn’t hit the rookie wall.”

(Image via Burgundy Blog via @ambp77.)

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



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