Like most 24-year-olds, Alfred Morris is a music fan. What differentiates him from most people his age -- other than that his day job includes playing for the Redskins -- is he's not into rap, especially if the lyrics are offensive.
“A lot of people just hear music, but they don't really listen,” Morris told the Washington Post's Sarah Kogod. “They hear the beats and stuff, but they don't listen to the words. If you listen to the words, they say some crazy stuff. I'm not going to listen to that. A lot of times they're just bragging anyway, like, ‘I got this girl, that girl.' Or this much money they dropped on a car. It's a lot of nonsense.”
Morris has some experience with cars, but again, it's atypical for someone in his early 20s who just came into a lot of money: As a rookie, he happily drove a 1991 Mazda 626. No word on if it had anything more than a tape deck, but if it did what kind of music would Morris listen to? He told Kogod that Coldplay and The Fray are his favorite bands. He's also into Barry White, Marvin Gaye and contemporary Christian music.
But rap is the genre of choice for Morris' teammates.
“They listen to it all the time in the locker room,” he said. “I don't knock it. They've got some nice beats and stuff, but some stuff I'm like, really? They're gonna say that? I hate when they use the ‘B word' towards women. Like Rick Ross in that one song, talking about putting something in a girl's drink and taking her home. That's not cool.”
We can't imagine anyone would disagree with Morris' sentiments, although we'd add this: When we listen to music, we almost never hear the lyrics. (Notable exception: children's music, which we've decided is a subtle form of torture because it's impossible to get it out of your head.) That doesn't mean we condone the "B word" or roofies, just that our ears aren't as attuned to the underlying message as Morris'.
As for the running back's musical tastes … well, if Coldplay is good enough for Beyonce and Jay-Z, we suppose it's good enough for the rest of us. No word on if Robert Griffin III will include Coldplay on his practice playlist.