Calvin Murray (American football)

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Calvin Murray
No. 42
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-10-18) October 18, 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth: Middle Township, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1982
Rushing yards: 134
Average: 5.8
Rushing touchdowns: 0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Leon Calvin Murray (born October 18, 1958 in Middle Township, New Jersey) is a former American football running back who played for two seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 19811982. He also played in 1983 for the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

College career[edit]

On September 22, 1979 in a game against Washington State, Murray set an Ohio State Buckeyes record for longest pass reception when he caught an 86-yard pass from Art Schlichter. Murray led the Buckeyes in rushing in 1979 and 1980. He led the Big Ten in rushing in 1980.[1] He was named team MVP in 1980, as voted by his teammates.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Murray was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He was released prior to the start of the 1981 season, but was re-signed on October 28 when Louie Giammona was knocked out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.[1]

Chicago Blitz[edit]

In 1983, Murray signed with the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League and was the 12th ranked rusher in the league that year.

Post Football, Calvin continues to reside in Columbus, Ohio. He spent several years as Purchasing Manager for Franklin University in downtown Columbus.


Murray's son, Cal, is a former running back for the Miami RedHawks.[2] He was drafted by Rhein Fire in the 22nd round of the 2007 NFL Europa Free Agent Draft.

Murray converted to Orthodox Judaism and adopted the Hebrew name Yosef.


  1. ^ a b "Eagles lose Giammona for remainder of season". The Ledger. Philadelphia. Associated Press. October 28, 1981. p. 9D. Retrieved 2010-02-10. Player personnel director Carl Peterson said free agent halfback Calvin Murray, the team's fourth-round draft choice from Ohio State, had been added to the Eagles roster to replace Giammona. Murray led the Big 10 in rushing as a senior, and gained 21 yards on eight carries for the Eagles during the exhibition season. He also returned four kickoffs for 94 yards. 
  2. ^ "#43 Cal Murray". Miami Athletics Football. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
Preceded by
Jim Laughlin
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

Succeeded by
Art Schlichter
Preceded by
Ron Springs
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

Succeeded by
Tim Spencer