DeMarco Murray spent seven seasons in the NFL. He’s only 30 years old. He’s a three-time Pro Bowl representative and in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys, led the league in carries (392), rushing yards (1,845) and touchdowns (13). He would even earn All-Pro status that same season. But after today, that’s it. No more. Per ESPN, Murray is retiring.
“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. “It’s bittersweet, but for I think me it’s the right timing for myself and my family moving forward.”
Of course, it’s never easy to walk away. We see athletes hang on too long all the time. Most of the time we see this either in mixed martial arts or boxing. Sometimes football players hang on until after their body quits. Thankfully for Murray, it’s never going to come to that.
“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. It’s time for me.”
In 2016, his first season with the Tennessee Titans, Murray put up 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns on 4.4 yards per carry. But last season would see those numbers dip quite a bit. He started 15 games while only racking up 659 yards and six touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry. He never again reached the heights of 2014, but that’s probably because the Cowboys ran him into the ground. Still, he finishes with 7,174 career yards on 4.5 yards per carry. Plus his health appears to be intact.
Things could be a lot worse, right?