Eddie Murray (American football)

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Eddie Murray
No. 3, 2
Position: Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-08-29) August 29, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school: Spectrum
College: Tulane
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 7 / Pick: 166
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals attempted: 466
Field goals made: 352
Pct: 75.5
Points scored: 1,594
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Edward Peter Murray (born August 29, 1956) is a former kicker in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Tulane University.

Early years[edit]

Murray grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and attended Spectrum high school, where he practiced soccer, track, cricket and rugby, because it didn't have an American football team. After graduation, he spent a year working with a fork lift in a lumber yard.

He played junior football for the Saanich Hornets of the Lower Island Junior Varsity League. He was discovered by Tulane University at a camp run by Canadian football coach Cal Murphy.[1]

Murray became a four-year starter and had a perfect season making 35-for-35 field goals in 1979.

He finished his college career as the school's record holder in field goals made (45), points by a kicker (219), highest field goal percentage (.616) and extra points (84).[2]

In 1987, he was inducted into the Tulane University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Murray was selected in the seventh round (166th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and replaced veteran kicker Benny Ricardo. He was also selected in the third round (26th overall) of the 1980 CFL Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

After winning the NFC scoring title with 116 points and setting a franchise record with 27 field goals, he was named to the Pro Bowl where he made 5 field goals and became the only rookie to ever receive the MVP award for the game.

In 1981, he made a last-minute field goal to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The play was memorable for the fact that the Lions had 12 players on the field and no penalty was called.

In 1983, he made the longest field goal in Lion's history (54 yards). In the NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, with the Lions trailing 24-23 with 11 seconds left in the game, Murray, having earlier made a 54-yard field goal (an NFL playoff record at the time), narrowly missed a 43-yard attempt that sealed a 23-24 loss.[3]

In 1985, he set a franchise record with 12 straight field goals. The next year, he set the franchise single-season record with 684 points. In 1988, he was a Pro Bowl alternate.

In 1988 and 1989, he tied an NFL record for the highest field goal accuracy in a season (95.24%).

Murray led the team in scoring in each of his first 10 seasons until 1990, when a hip injury kept him out of 5 games and prevented him from leading the team in scoring for the first time in his career, with Barry Sanders being first.

On April 29, 1992, he was waived to make room for second round draft choice Jason Hanson.[4] He left as the franchise's All-time leading scorer, ranking seventeenth in NFL history and was the ninth Lion to have played in 12 seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On October 24, 1992, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs to play one game in place of an injured Nick Lowery.[5] He was released on October 28.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On November 10, 1992, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to replace a struggling Ken Willis.[7] The next year, he had an excellent training camp, but the team decided to keep undrafted free agent Michael Husted, who displayed a stronger leg in kickoffs.

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

On September 14, 1993, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after an 0-2 start to replace a struggling Lin Elliott.[8] In just 14 games, he had the best season of his career, making 27 out of 32 field goal attempts (122 points) in the regular season and all 6 in the playoffs.

Murray made a game winning field goal in overtime in the regular season finale against the New York Giants, which determined the NFC East Title and NFC home field advantage throughout the playoffs. On January 30, 1994, he kicked three field goals in Super Bowl XXVIII, earning a Super Bowl ring as a member of the champion Cowboys.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 23, 1994, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace kicker Roger Ruzek.[9]

Washington Redskins (first stint)[edit]

On August 8, 1995, he was signed by the Washington Redskins to replace Chip Lohmiller.[10] He was re-signed on May 15, 1996, but did not make the team.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On September 24, 1997, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings after being out of football for a year, to replace kicker Greg Davis.[11]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On June 2, 1999, he signed a one-day contract to retire with the Detroit Lions.[12]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

On December 9, 1999, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after being out of football for over a year, to replace Richie Cunningham.[13]

Washington Redskins (second stint)[edit]

On November 9, 2000, he was signed by the Washington Redskins as part of a revolving door of kickers and at the time was the league's oldest player.[14] He retired as the sixteenth highest scorer in NFL history.[15]

Career regular season statistics[edit]

Career high/best bolded

Personal life[edit]

Murray currently resides in Michigan with his wife Cynthia and daughter Nicole.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tulane Toe". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Murray Sugar Bowl". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lions' Murray Knew Kick Would Miss". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pressure is on rookie kicker". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs sign Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chiefs release Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bucs Sign Kicker Murray And Cut Drewrey, Junior, Willis". Orlando Sentinel. November 11, 1992. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Two misses against Buffalo cost kicker Elliott job with Dallas". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kicker Eddie Murray Is Signed By Eagles". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Redskins sign Murray after releasing Lohmiller". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Vikings sign Ball, Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Murray retires after 17 years". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cowboys bring Murray out of retirement". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Middle-Aged Kicker Returns to the Fray". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ ESPN - NFL All-Time Leaders - National Football League

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roger Ruzek
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Kickers
1994
Succeeded by
Gary Anderson