SportsNation Blog Archives Alfred Morris
In a league that has increasingly devalued three-down, do-it-all running backs, Alfred Morris is an outlier. He can bruise inside, speed to the corner, catch, block, and make Pro Bowl selections look easy.
So one would be forgiven for thinking Morris, in his fourth year as Washington's bellcow, believes he deserves a little preferential treatment.
In a warm, revealing blog for the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg discusses Morris' unique pregame routine, one that has made him a local favorite in and around FedEx Field. Before each home game, the running back gathers with stadium ushers and security guards in the corner of an end zone and just, well, talks to them.
He calls them "my Stadium Fam," and if you think there isn't peace and happiness at FedEx Field on fall Sundays, you've never observed these 20-minute sessions, which start with laughter and end with a prayer.
It sounds silly: work chit-chat like this is newsworthy? But on the Mount Olympus where successful, talented NFL players reside, the bond that Morris shares in these meetings, which he's joined since his rookie year, are rare.
"My first reaction was, 'Dang, this is Alfred Morris.' You know what I'm saying?" one stadium attendant is quoted as saying. "But seeing how cool and relaxed he was in talking to us, it made us feel cool and relaxed and easy talking to him."
It's not Morris' only humble quirk. He also cruises around in a restored 1991 Mazda he calls Bentley: