DeMarco Murray was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 12, 1988. A running back for the Dallas Cowboys, he currently holds the franchise's single game rushing record and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time at the end of the 2013 season.
Murray began his career at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and earned a reputation for being one of the top running back prospects in his class. During his high school years, he helped guide the team to three Conference Championships and was an All-Conference selection three years in a row. At the end of his senior year, he was named the Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year and received All-State honors.
After choosing to attend the University of Oklahoma, Murray played his first game for the Oklahoma Sooners as a redshirted freshman in 2007. He became the first player in Sooners history to contribute four touchdowns in one half on his debut, and later tied the freshman record set by Adrian Peterson for most touchdowns in a season. Throughout his four-year college career, he set numerous all-time school records, including the record for most touchdowns, with 65, and the record for all-purpose yards, with 6,718.
In the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round, as the 71st overall pick. He made an impressive start to his NFL career, breaking the Cowboys' single game rushing record in week seven, after running for 253 yards on 25 carries during a game against the St. Louis Rams. Murray's performance in the game earned him the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week and Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards and he was later named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November 2011.
After injury severely disrupted his 2012 season, Murray enjoyed an impressive 2013 season, finishing sixth amongst all NFL running backs for touchdowns. During the year, he also picked up the CBS All-Iron Award. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Frank Gore. Murray went on to score what turned out to be the game's winning touchdown; a 20 yard reception from Alex Smith.
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