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DeMarco Murray retires from the NFL

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

DeMarco Murray announced earlier today that he is retiring from the NFL. Here was Murray’s statement:

“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,” Murray said. “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.”

A running back in the NFL has a tough life. Murray was a stud, so the Cowboys just kept feeding him the ball. That led to a league-high 392 carries in 2014 which probably ultimately shortened his career.

Murray was great for the Titans in 2016 when he rushed for 1,287 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns- I think that was the biggest surprise to me about Murray- how good he was in the passing game.

Congrats to DeMarco on a great career.