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DeMarco Murray was born on February 12th, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a successful high school career at Bishop Gorman High School, DeMarco was honored as an All-American and elected to the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
DeMarco attended the University of Oklahoma. In his first college game with the Sooners, DeMarco ran for a University of Oklahoma single game record of 5 touchdowns and 201 rushing yards. DeMarco continued his successful freshman season tying Adrian Peterson’s OU freshman record of 15 total touchdowns and going on to be named a Freshman All-American. DeMarco left a lasting legacy with the Sooners, as he now stands as the OU All-Time Leader in Points Scored (390), All-Time Leader in Touchdowns (65), and All-Time Leader in All Purpose Yards (6,718).
DeMarco was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft. In week 7 of DeMarco’s rookie campaign, DeMarco ran for 253 yards on 25 carries against the St. Louis Rams, breaking Emmitt Smith’s single game rushing record for a Cowboys running back, and set the NFL’s single-game rookie rushing record. Following his game against the Rams, DeMarco earned the Rookie of the Week award and FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award. By the end of DeMarco’s rookie season, DeMarco led all NFL rookie players in yards per carry, yards per game, and rushing yards. DeMarco was nominated for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Following a successful season as the team’s starting running back in 2012 and 2013, DeMarco received his first invitation to play in the 2014 Pro Bowl Game. The next season he led the NFL and set a Cowboys record with 1,845 rushing yards.