For seven solid seasons, Demarco Murray slugged it out with the best and against the best teams in the National Football League (NFL). He remembers his time as a footballer notably with his 3 time Pro Bowl selection in 2013, 14, and 16 amidst so many other career milestones he accomplished on the pitch.
The former pigskin sports player has since his retirement transitioned into another aspect of the game that has set him yet again before many people. Find out more about it below in addition to reading a recap of his time and exploits as a footballer.
Demarco Murray’s Biography
On February 12, 1988, Demarco Murray was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to Kevin and Loraine Murray. He had about 7 siblings in his family comprising of 3 boys and 4 girls. Things were however tough for them as their parents weren’t strong financially. Following this and other family problems, it led to Murray’s parents divorcing. The boys moved in with their dad while the girls stayed with their mom.
Demarco schooled at Bishop Gorman High School located in Las Vegas, Nevada where he lettered in track and field, basketball, and football. Out of the trio, he was exceptional in the grid game where for three years, he was an All-conference pick, 3 times Conference champion, and 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Murray’s athletic exploits were not only in football as he equally impressed in basketball and track events. After high school, the lad had offers from several colleges like Texas A&M, Penn State, and others. From there, he chose the University of Oklahoma (OU) over others.
Beginning in the year 2006 through 2010, Demarco Murray studied at OU and played football with the Oklahoma Sooners after redshirting the 2006 season. He recorded his debut college game in a victory against the North Texas Mean Green of the University of North Texas on September 1, 2007, after which he kept up an impressive performance for much of the season and subsequent seasons.
In all, the future NFL star recorded his career-high rushing average of 6.0 with 29.3 returning yards and 2 touchdowns in 2007. His best college season was in 2010 when he recorded career highs in rushing yards (1,214), receiving yards (594) with 5 receiving touchdowns. Following his graduation from college, he went knocking on the doors of the NFL.
NFL Career Stats and Injury
Demarco Murray was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft as the 71st overall pick. After his drafting, he signed a rookie contract worth $2.97 million with the club for a term of 4 years. His contract had a signing bonus of $622, 000.
From the 2011 season through the 2014 season, he was a Big D player who quickly rose from a third-string running back behind Felix Jones (starter) and Tashard Choice (second string) to becoming a starter due to his sheer brilliance and prolific play.
With the Cowboys, Demarco led the league with a 91-yard touchdown in 2011, and 1,845 rushing yards in 392 rushing attempts in 2014. His time with the club was worthy of note because he won awards as NFL rushing yards leader, NFL rushing touchdowns leader, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and got a naming in the First-team All-Pro all in 2014.
While he was on free agency after his contract with the Big D expired, the Philadelphia Eagles secured his services as an Eagles player with a five-year $42 million contract on March 12, 2015. With his new team, Demarco Murray teamed up with Sam Bradford; his former college teammate who plays as a quarterback.
As the season began, the running back performed less impressively for the champion he was, this elicited criticism from fans of his team and lovers of American football in general. Worse still, Murray picked up a hamstring injury for which he missed the Week 3 game of the 2015 season.
His poor performances were further exacerbated due to the offensive line not being in concordance with his style of play. He was also demoted at a time to make way for Darren Sproles who was thought to be quicker and more effective.
By the time Murray was set to leave the Philadelphia Eagles, he had recorded a meager 702 rushing yards on 20 carries with no carrier highs.
After his dismal stint with the Lincoln Financial Field-based team, the Las Vegas-born running back joined the Tennessee Titans on March 9, 2016, in a trade the Eagles hoped to cash in on the Titans 2016 fourth-round draft pick (Connor Cook).
On arrival at his new team, Murray resurged his career gradually in his first season with the club. He recorded 1, 287 rushing yards on 293 carries with 12 touchdowns (9 rushings and 3 receiving) which ranked him 6th among NFL running backs in the 2016 season. He struggled to be at his best in the 2017 season but ended the season with 659 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns with 39 receptions, 266 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Demarco Murray missed the last game of the regular season due to a knee injury.
Coming into 2018, he was released by the Titans on March 8, 2018, and by July 13, 2018, he called it time in the NFL. The ace footballer has since his retirement began a broadcasting career in August 2018 as he now works as a Fox Sports college football commentator.
The footballer has been well rewarded for the times he was out there on the pitch for the various clubs he played for. Though with the biggest signing he seemed to have performed the least, it still does not mean that Demarco was an ordinary football player.
He made his mark in his own time for which his net worth of $3 million is a pointer to. Perhaps, as Demarco Murray furthers his career as a sports broadcaster, we might probably see him add some more figures to his current net worth.
The Nevada-born footballer is married to Heidi Mueller who is an American actress. The two were reportedly dating for a long time even before Murray became a star in the NFL. She bore a daughter they named Savanna June Murray on 20th June 2013. Two years after her birth, the footballer and actress announced their engagement on January 19, 2015, and subsequently walked down the aisle sometime in June 2015 in Four Seasons hotel in Dallas, Texas. Shortly after their nuptials, Heidi bore a son they named Parker Ray Murray. The family has been living together closely-knit albeit with a few issues.
In November 2014, Murray’s former teammate in Oklahoma Brendan Clay accused him of having an affair with his wife and even bedding her. Brandon supported his claim with some not too decent text messages he alleged Murray sent to his wife. However, while this was ongoing, Heidi stood by her husband till the storm was over. The two are still married today but Brendan divorced his wife.