THIS IS EPISODE 25 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Alfred Morris is an NFL running back. In 2016, he was with the Dallas Cowboys as a backup to rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott. Prior to that, he played 4 seasons with the Washington Redskins as their starter.
In 2012, Morris was selected in the 6th round by the Redskins out of Florida Atlantic. Along with fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, Alfred took the NFL by storm, rushing for a Washington team record, 1,613 yards. He also scored 13 touchdowns and helped lead his team to an NFC East Division Title. He capped his dream rookie season off with being named to the 2012 NFL All-Rookie Team, as well as a trip to play in the 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Morris continued to have success in 2013 and 2014, rushing for a combined 2,300 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He played his final season in 2015 with the Redskins before signing as a free agent with the Cowboys in March of 2016.
On this episode of the podcast, Alfred Morris shares the story of his Dad coming to Christ, why his toughest season in the NFL on the field, was his most joyous away from the field, why he still drives his 1991 Mazda 626 and his desire to share the gospel with as many people that will listen.
5:30 – On the NFL journey he’s been on the past 5 seasons.
7:00 – Growing up in the church.
7:40 – On his Dad’s conversion and becoming a follower of Jesus.
12:30 – College life and playing football at Florida Atlantic.
15:25 – Being selected in the 6th round of the NFL Draft.
19:45 – Rushing for over 1,600 yards as a rookie 6th round pick in 2012.
23:00 – Keeping grounded in his faith while having immediate success.
27:30 – Going from a starter in 2012 to being deactivated in 2016 and how he handled this adversity.
31:00 – On the 2016 season with the Cowboys as a backup to Ezekiel Elliott.
33:15 – How do you balance not playing with the team you’re on winning games.
36:10 – Why he’s still driving a 1991 Mazda after 5 years in the NFL.
39:00- What God is teaching Alfred Morris right now.
“If God can do that for my Dad, he can do that for anyone.”
“There is a real God and he really does love us and he’ll never give up on us.”
“What a mighty God we serve.”
“We knew of God but we didn’t know God.”
“Anything great that would happen, I would thank him. I knew of him but I was still living in the world. I was luke warm.”
“It hasn’t gone the way I would have thought, but it’s God’s plan.”
“It’s a kids game. God has blessed me to play it on the highest level.”
“You go from the top to to the bottom. I would have never thought in my career I would be inactive. I remember asking God, ‘how low am I going to go?'”
“That last year in Washington, God revealed himself to me and gave me a peace.”
“I started looking at the creation instead of the creator.”
“If I had known that they would have drafted Zeke, would I have still signed? I don’t know. I believe God brought me to Dallas for a reason and I still hold to that.”
“I can compete against a player but I can’t compete against a system. The system was setup for a 1st round guy to play. This isn’t the same situation I thought I was walking into.”
“If I wasn’t playing, I was praying. I’d cover my team, the other team, the stadium, in prayer. I’m going to let your light shine, even in this dark time.”
“I’m at the bottom right now. But I’m content in life, content in all things. I’m staying focused on Him.”
“Stay focused on Him and being content in all things. I’m excited about the future and how much I’m going to grow in Him.”
#1Peter4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
— Alfred Morris (@FredoSauce) June 19, 2017
You can follow Alfred Morris on twitter @FredoSauce and Instagram @thoroughbred_fred.
– LaDainian Tomlinson, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back
– Troy Vincent – NFL’s Vice President of Football Operations