Sep 21 2012
Amidst a sea of big-rimmed Escalades and decked-out BMWs, the NFL’s leading rookie rusher rolls into Redskins Park on 14s. Alfred Morris, the sixth-round draft pick who was anointed the Washington Redskins surprise starter and is currently tied for first in the NFC in rushing touchdowns, is still driving his 1991 Nissan 626 to work. It’s got all the amenities: cloth seats, power steering, tape deck, AM and FM radio and has the added bonus of being made the same year the Redskins last won a Super Bowl.
Even the lowest-paid NFL players, like Morris, make good money, though it’s a pittance compared to some teammates. Morris will make $390,000 in the first of his four-year, $2.22 million deal with the Redskins. He also received a $154,000 signing bonus. Figuring that he’s received two game checks and the bonus, then taking out for taxes and a cut for his agent, our conservative estimate is that Morris has netted $90,000 during his time in Washington.
Surely Morris can afford a nicer ride, but I love the fact he’s not been seduced by the glamour that comes with being an NFL player. The minute a guy starts buying cars and jewelry it’s over. Cool story out of Washington this week.
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