DeMarco Murray announced today on ESPN he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 30. The three time Pro Bowler, 2014 Offensive Player of the Year, and league leader in touchdowns over the past four years was a third round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. Over the course of his career, he racked up 7,174 rushing yards and 49 rushing TDs per Pro Football Reference.
He began his career in Dallas where his four year tenure was highlighted by a dominant 2014 campaign in which he rushed for 1,845 yards and won offensive player of the year. After leading his team to a 12-4 record, Murray left for Philadelphia.
His career took a dip with the Eagles. In his lone season with the team, Murray limped to 702 yards on only 3.6 yards per rush. His struggles were a combination of not being in the right system and then-coach Chip Kelly trying to use him as a power back as opposed to utilizing his full skill set.
He spent the past two seasons with the Tennessee Titans where a Pro Bowl 2016 campaign revived his career. Last season, a mixture of wear and tear on his body and the emergence of Derrick Henry led to a lackluster 659 yards.
On his retirement, he said, “I’m very blessed to have had the coaching staff and the players and teammates that I’ve been fortunate to play with the last seven years of my career.” It’s been a long time thinking the last year or two physically, mentally, emotionally. I think it’s time for me to hang it out there. As hard as it is, like I said the fans have been great. I had a lot of great games and a lot of great teammates. It’s bittersweet, but I think for me it’s the right timing for myself and my family moving forward.”