Alfred Morris On Avoiding the Rookie Wall, His Humble Personality and His 1991 Mazda 626

The majority of the attention with regard to Washington Redskins football this year has been on Robert Griffin III, but another rookie — one who was drafted 171 spots behind RG3 — is also tearing up the league. Never mind John Riggins, Clinton Portis, Larry Brown, Terry Allen, Earnest Byner or Stephen Davis. Alfred Morris is now the Redskins’ all-time single-season rushing leader. And he, not Griffin, was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Week after his 200-yard effort in a must-win game against the Cowboys to get Washington back into the playoffs for the first time since. Alfred Morris joined LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., to discuss how he avoided a rookie wall, his commitment to his 22-year-old beater car and his humble mentality.

On why he never hit a rookie wall:

“It’s a mindset; 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 or whether it’s 16, that doesn’t matter. I’m always prepared for what comes my way. Rain, sleet, snow, freezing cold, heat — it really doesn’t matter what comes my way. I’m always prepared for the worst — hope for the best, but I prepare for the worst.”

On if the time has come for him to buy a new car (he drives a 1991 Mazda 626):

“No sir, I’m still driving my baby. I don’t plan on getting a car anytime soon.”

On being a humble person:

“It’s just who I am. It’s my DNA. I couldn’t change even if I tried. But it’s good to stay that way, because once you start getting complacent, you start getting comfortable, 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, I don’t want a decline. So I just want to continue to get better. I’ll be very disappointed in myself if I ever get to a point that I’m not humble, if I ever get 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.

Jim Leyland: “I am proud of the fact that we kind of rekindled the fire of Tiger baseball.”

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