Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Running back Alfred Morris to sign contract with San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday that the club will sign veteran running back Alfred Morris to a contract. Morris played in Shanahan’s offense with the Washington Redskins from 2012-13, when he rushed for almost 2,900 yards, made two Pro Bowls and scored 20 touchdowns.

“Alf did a great job for us for the two years I was with him,” Shanahan said on the 49ers website. “It’s not flashy but he runs extremely hard. He’s very reliable. He’s always been able to — you block it for zero, (he) usually can get at least one. He’s a hard-nose runner, you can keep handing the ball off to who’s very reliable.”

Morris, 29, played his last two seasons backing up Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys. During Elliott’s absence in 2017, Morris rushed for 547 yards in five starts, including a 127-yard effort against his former team, the Redskins, on Nov. 30.

As committed to his football career as Morris is, he is even more deeply committed to his faith in Jesus Christ. In 2017, he was on the Sports Spectrum podcast and shared about staying grounded in his walk with the Lord.

“I want to be content in all things. I’ve been at the top and I’ve been at the bottom. I’m learning to be content. Staying focused on Him and staying content in all things,” Morris said.

He says his focus is not on worldly desires or lifestyles, like many people, but his focus is on the|One who created him.

“Christ died on the cross for my sins,” Morris said. “That’s the greatest gift. I’m undeserving, but He’s still using me. I don’t focus on the temptations. I don’t focus on the lifestyles like some guys do. God is my focus.”

The 49ers face Houston on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in their second preseason game of the season. They open the regular season on Sept. 9 at Minnesota.

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