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Former Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray announces his retirement

Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titan Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Running back DeMarco Murray has decided to hang up his cleats after seven seasons in the NFL, of which his peak years were spent with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think you just wake up,” he said of making the decision (via ESPN). “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.”

Murray was released by the Tennessee Titans this offseason, and was even brought in for a visit by the Seattle Seahawks before the 2018 NFL Draft. He had averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2017, a far cry from the 4.8 YPC average he had in his four seasons in Dallas. Murray won Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014, gashing defenses to the tune of a league-leading 1,845 yards on the ground, to go along with 13 touchdowns.

His 2015 high-profile move to Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles was an absolute disaster, as his physical, downhill running style was a total mismatch for Kelly’s system, and he wound up out of there after just one season. He did bounce back and rush for nearly 1,300 yards in 2016, but had fairly similar numbers in 2017 as he did in 2015.

For whatever reason, Murray was a thorn in the side of the Seahawks defense. In fact, he has the most 100-yard rushing performances (3) of any opposing running back in the Pete Carroll era. He had 139 in his rookie year back in 2011, 115 in 2014, and 115 last year, which was his only 100-yard game of the entire season. His 75-yard touchdown run in Week 3 capped off what was essentially the decisive 3rd quarter for the Titans in their win over the Seahawks. Murray’s one bad day vs. Seattle saw him only muster 44 yards on 12 carries in 2012, when the Seahawks defense held the Cowboys to just 7 points in Russell Wilson’s first home start.

Murray had 76 carries for 413 yards and 2 touchdowns in four games vs. Seattle, as well as 15 catches for 114 yards. Overall, he rushed for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns, as well as 307 catches for 2,165 yards and 6 TDs.

Hopefully Murray has a happy retirement.