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DeMarco Murray to announce his retirement from the NFL

DeMarco Murray

Throughout the first few months of the NFL offseason, running back DeMarco Murray had remained on the open market as one of the best talents still available in the weeks heading into training camp.

In a bit of a surprise move on Friday, Murray has decided to step away from the game after seven seasons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

This has come out of left field as there was previously no chatter that Murray was even considering retiring at this point in his career. There had been some talk that he could latch onto a team in these weeks prior to the start of training camp around the league but he has instead chosen to retire from the NFL.

Murray was selected with the 71st overall pick in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma by the Dallas Cowboys where he spent the first four seasons of his career with the franchise. During that time, he rose to stardom as one of the league’s most productive running backs that topped by his breakout 2014 campaign where he led the NFL with a career-best 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

This saw him break Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s record four most consecutive 100-yard games with eight to begin that season. Murray also set the franchise single-season rushing mark with 12 games posting 100 or more yards and passed Walt Garrison for seventh all-time on the team’s rushing yards list. It helped him earn his second of three career Pro Bowl nods and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Following a disappointing 2015 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, he reignited his career with the Tennessee Titans the next season rushing for 1,287 yards that helped him earn his final Pro Bowl nod. However, his production took a notable dip this past campaign where he notched a career-low 659 rushing yards and had his year end prematurely due to a knee injury.  Murray finished his career with 7,147 yards and 49 touchdowns along with 307 receptions for 2,165 receiving yards and six touchdowns.