After seven years in the NFL, DeMarco Murray decided to hang up the cleats despite holding two additional years on the current contract. “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,” the 3-time Pro Bowler told ESPN on Friday.
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After retaining the starting role with the Tennessee Titans for two years, Murray found himself cut by the team on March 8. The move followed the least productive season of the former Oklahoma Sooner star. Posting career lows in total rushing yards as well as yards per carry, some chalked the lack of production up to injury. Regardless, the running back position remains one of the most demanding on the body.
In 2014, Murray paced the league behind 1,845 rushing yards. Playing behind the top offensive line possessed by the Dallas Cowboys, the veteran earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors. Crossing the goal line 13 times, did not keep the franchise from drafting a the future running back in the 2016 draft.
The decision comes after heavy thought. Throughout the duration of his career, Murray averaged well over 1,000 yards per season alongside a 4.5 yard per carry average.