In 2014, DeMarco Murray was the best running back in the NFL. He led the league in rushing with 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in helping the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC East title and a playoff win over the Lions.
Four years later, Murray is retiring at the age of 30. He made the announcement Friday on ESPN’s NFL Live.
This Just In: Former Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray is retiring from football at the age of 30. pic.twitter.com/4S9tDP8C7r
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 13, 2018
“It’s been a long time thinking, the last year or two and physically, mentally and emotionally, I think it’s time for me to hang it up,” Murray said on ESPN. “I think you just wake up, I’ve always heard the saying, ‘When you know, you know and one day that day will come,’ and for me it’s been the last year or two. I’ve been constantly thinking about this … working out still, in great shape, feel great, and it’s time for me.”
The three-time Pro Bowl running back finishes his career with 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
He was selected by the Cowboys in third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. In 2015, he signed a four-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, but after struggling he was traded to the Titans in 2016 and played his final two seasons with Tennessee before being released in March.
Now retired, Murray will have more time to work with the DeMarco Murray Foundation, whose mission is to provide daily encouragement and life-changing experiences to families with seriously and chronically ill kids.
Murray’s Twitter bio lists the Scripture verse Proverbs 27:17:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17
The more you hurry, the more mistakes you make. Slow down, breathe and learn to be led by God, not driven by impatience…
— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) March 6, 2013
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