Barry Sanders, Eddie George, Clinton Portis, Earl Campbell, Alfred Morris.
18 months ago one of the names above would have stuck out like a sore thumb.
But Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris’ transcendence from unbeknownst sixth round selection to elite running back continued last weekend when his 88-yard performance vs. the Dallas Cowboys gave him the ninth most yards through the first two NFL seasons with 2,826.
If he records 174 yards on Sunday vs. the New York Giants, he’ll become only the seventh man in NFL history to rush for 3,000 yards in his first two NFL seasons.
On Thursday at his weekly press conference, head coach Mike Shanahan was asked about Morris’ performance and unsurprisingly had nothing but positive things to say.
“He’s done a great job,” Shanahan unequivocally explained. “Here a guy comes in with very few expectations, and he just kind of keeps his nose to the grindstone and just works. That’s what you love to see – a guy have the type of success that he’s had.
“He’s got all the things that you look for in a person. He’s a hard worker, he sets some good standards for himself and hopefully he has a great future here.”
A deeper look at his placement amongst the greats:
–Last week, he surpassed Billy Sims (2,740), Eddie George (2,767) and Barry Sanders himself (2,774) for the most rushing yards through two seasons. All three were taken within the first 14 picks of their respective drafts. Morris was the 173rd pick in the 2012 draft.
–He needs only 93 yards to surpass LaDanian Tomlinson (2,919) and 126 to move past Ottis Anderson (2,957) for seventh most yards through two seasons.
–Of the 13 best running back performers through first two seasons, only Morris was selected after the second round.
–There’s also the possibility that Morris could be the only back on this list not to appear at the Pro Bowl during rookie and sophomore seasons.
So with all that being said, here’s a look back at some of his career highlights:
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