On the winning side of things, postgame locker rooms can be a fun place. Guys are happy, frequently willing to talk and sometimes—as in the case of running backs Frank Gore and Alfred Morris—exceedingly creative in terms of their attire.
Gore’s San Francisco 49ers and Morris’ Washington Redskins both came out victors over the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, respectively, on Sunday afternoon. Morris was seen (as tweeted by Bart Hubbach of the NY Post) after his team’s 31-28 overtime win in a neon-yellow T-shirt that read “WARNING: You can go blind from my pure awesomeness”.
Gore’s pullover hoodie was more subtle. It was grey rather than an eye-popping yellow, and it said a whole lot more than Morris’ without saying anything at all. It was simply a dolphin.
It was a dead dolphin that looked mysteriously like the Miami logo, but it was a dolphin nonetheless.
There’s something to be said about the brash statement on Morris’ tee. The color of the shirt is just unavoidable, but the truth was emblazoned across his chest. He kind of is awesome. He’s a sixth-round rookie who’s been starting at tailback for a winning team since day one.
He’s done his part in making that happen, too. During the Redskins’ current four-game winning streak, he’s carried the ball 20-plus times every game for 435 yards and two touchdowns. Morris is fourth in the NFL with 1,228 rushing yards.
Gore just crossed the 1,000-yard mark in Week 14, proving that the veteran’s still got it. His dead dolphin hoodie looks less like an actual expired animal—which would have undoubtedly caused an uproar—and more like a cartoon goldfish.
But it’s the specificity that makes his attire a better choice than Morris’ selection. Gore’s shirt was the equivalent of a “Nevermore” tee or an upside-down Raven head on Morris’ chest. You just have to wonder: What would have become of Gore’s shirt had the 49ers lost on Sunday?
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