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Redskins running back Alfred Morris reunited with beloved 1991 Mazda (photos)

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Way back in July, it was reported that Mazda, as perhaps a token of gratitude for all the free publicity Alfred Morris had generated for the automaker, offered to completely refurbish the Washington Redskins running back’s beloved 1991 Mazda 626.

As Morris was making a big splash on the gridiron during his 2012 rookie campaign, a charming story was spreading about the fact that despite his ascension to rising NFL star — and the decent money he was earning, even as an unproven rookie — he was still driving around in his old 626, a car he had purchased during his junior season at Florida Atlantic University.

After months and months of being separated from his sweet ride, Tuesday marked the day that he and his car were reunited. And my guess, paraphrasing the classic song by Peaches & Herb, it felt so good.

According to a D.C. Sports Bog report, over 275 hours of labor went into the refurbish job. The engine was overhauled, new brakes were installed as well as a new exhaust system.

The 626 also was souped up a bit, as a new leather interior, new sound system and a back-up camera were added, among other little bells and whistles.

Mazda has been chronicling the extensive amount of refurbishing and work being done on Morris’ 626 on Facebook, a photo of which Morris shared on Instagram last week:

The running back admitted he was a little taken aback by seeing his the car he lovingly referred to as “Bentley” being completely dismantled.

“I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’ I didn’t know they were gonna go that deep,” Morris said. “It was weird seeing her like that. I was like, ‘No! They took her apart!’ It hurt, just a little bit.”

Morris took to Twitter to articulate just how excited he was about the impending reunion.

But his fears were quelled and his anticipation rewarded when he was reunited with Bentley on Tuesday during an event set up by Mazda.

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(image courtesy of Sarah Kogod/The Washington Post)

Said Morris about the magical moment when he laid his eyes upon his ride: “She hasn’t changed,” he said. “I mean, she looks different, but it’s still the same car. It a feel thing. Sometimes when something changes, you’re like, ‘Oh man, I want it the old way.’ But when I sat in her, I still got that feeling. She’s still The Bentley.”

And despite the fanfare and pomp and circumstance afforded the reunion, Morris was desperate to get back behind the wheel and on the road.

“I just want to ride around and go nowhere in her,” he said. “I’ll bet she’s been missing it.”

Reunited. And it feels so good, I’m sure.

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