Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris wants people to know that he isn't crazy.
"People thought I was when I said that Robert Griffin III [recovering from knee surgery] will be behind center when we start this fall," said Morris, who rushed for 1,613 yards last season as a rookie. "I know he's going to be on the field. Have you seen his work ethic, his drive, his passion?"
The same can be said for Morris, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft after playing college at Florida Atlantic University. He burst onto the scene for the Redskins but knows he hasn't made it yet.
"I know where I came from. I know where I am. I don't want to say I've made it because that would show complacency," said Morris, who's 5-foot-10 and 217 pounds. "I'm still at the bottom, and I'm trying to make it. That's the mindset I have."
Morris, working with DirecTV to promote its NFL Sunday Ticket, talked a few minutes with Playbook.
What are your expectations for this fall?
"I hold myself to a high standard. I want to do everything I can to help my team. I have taken only two and a half weeks off, and now I'm back working out every day. We want to be a better all-around team."
Where does your drive come from?
"My parents. They wanted me to be a go-getter. And I had to work for it. I learned that at a young age. They were a great example. They didn't give us things. They led by example. Action spoke louder than words."
What is on your bucket list?
"I want to travel the world. I didn't do much traveling as a kid. There are all these things I want to do. Ski. Snowboard. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my career, though. I definitely want to get married. That's numero uno, I guess. I've got to find that special someone first."
If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?
"Cooking. I love cooking. I took culinary classes in high school. It runs through my family. We all love to cook. I really thought of going to Le Cordon Bleu or Johnson & Wales for culinary school. I always wanted to be a chef."
What is your specialty?
"I still haven't figured one out. I just like cooking. I need to find one, because I keep getting asked that question. I did create a dish called baked alfredo this past week. There was shrimp and chicken and bread crumbs. Oh, there was chopped-up bacon and parmesan cheese, too. It was perfect. I do love eating."
Maybe that will help get that special someone.
"I need to know a girl first before cooking for her. Every girl is different. I need to learn something first about them. One girl might like cheesecake, and someone else might not."
Now, back to RG III and his recovery.
"I'm still standing by it. I know it's his decision. He wants to be on the field and doesn't want to jeopardize his career. He wants to have a long legacy. Will he be ready? Of course. He's just a fine specimen."