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Eddie Murray (American football)

Eddie Murray
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Personal information
Born: (1956-08-29) August 29, 1956 (age 67)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school:Saanich (BC) Spectrum
NFL draft:1980 / Round: 7 / Pick: 166
CFL Draft:1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:250
Field goals attempted:466
Field goals made:352
Field goal %:75.5
Points scored:1,594
Player stats at · PFR

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

Early years

Murray grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and attended Spectrum Community School, where he practiced soccer, track, cricket and rugby, although 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]

College career

Murray accepted a football scholarship to attend Tulane University. As a sophomore, he was named the starter at placekicker, making 12-of-22 field goals (54.5%), 11-of-13 extra points (84.6%). As a junior, he posted 12-of-18 field goals (68.8%) and 21-of-21 extra points (100%).

As a senior, he tallied 11-of-16 field goals (68.75%) and 35-for-35 extra points (100%). He finished his college career as the school's record holder in field goals (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. In 2006, he was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Detroit Lions

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

As a rookie, he replaced veteran kicker Benny Ricardo, making 27-of-42 field goals (64.3%) and 35-of-36 extra points (97.2%). 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 were able to execute the kick without a huddle and out of a non-kicking formation.[3]

In 1983, he made the longest field goal in Lions 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.[4]

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.[5] He left as the franchise's All-time leading scorer, ranking 17th in NFL history and was the ninth Lion to have played in 12 seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs

On October 24, 1992, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs to play one game in place of an injured Nick Lowery.[6] He was released on October 28.[7]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On November 10, 1992, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to replace a struggling Ken Willis.[8] He made 4-of-8 field goals (50%) and 13-of-13 (100%) extra points.

In 1993, he had an excellent training camp, but the team decided to keep undrafted free agent Michael Husted, who displayed a stronger leg in kickoffs. He was released on August 23.[9]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)

On September 14, 1993, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after a 0-2 start to replace a struggling Lin Elliott.[10] Against the Green Bay Packers, he tied a franchise mark with 5 field goals made in a single-game. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he set a franchise record with 2 field goals made over 50 yards. His 3 field goals over 50 yards in a single-season tied for second in club history.

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. He set a club mark by making 28 field goals. He ranked second in franchise history with 122 points in a single season, 10 consecutive field goals made and an 84.8% field goal average in a single-season.

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

On March 23, 1994, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace kicker Roger Ruzek.[11] He made 21-of-25 field goals (84%) and 33-of-33 extra points (100%). On July 22, 1995, he was released to make room for placekicker Gary Anderson.[12]

Washington Redskins (first stint)

On August 8, 1995, he was signed by the Washington Redskins to replace a struggling Chip Lohmiller.[13] He was re-signed on May 15, 1996. He was released on August 25, after being passed on the depth chart by Scott Blanton.[14]

Minnesota Vikings

On September 24, 1997, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings after being out of football for a year, to replace kicker Greg Davis.[15] He made 12-of-17 field goals (70.6%) and 23-of-24 extra points (95.8%), highlighted by his game-winning field goal in the closing seconds to cap off a 23-22 comeback win over the Giants in the Wild Card. He wasn't re-signed after the season and was replaced with Gary Anderson.

Detroit Lions

On June 2, 1999, he signed a one-day contract to retire with the Detroit Lions.[16]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)

On December 9, 1999, he was signed and brought out of retirement by the Dallas Cowboys after being out of football for over a year, to replace Richie Cunningham.[17][18] He appeared in 4 games, making 7-of-9 field goals (77.8%) and 10-of-10 extra points (100%). He wasn't re-signed after the season and was replaced with Tim Seder.

Washington Redskins (second stint)

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.[19] He struggled during the season and missed 2 game-winning field goal attempts, the latter of which a 49-yard attempt to beat the Super Bowl-bound Giants in Week 14 that landed short.[20] He wasn't re-signed and retired as the 16th highest scorer in NFL history.[21] His 250 career NFL games set the record for a Canadian-born player, which was broken by long snapper L.P. Ladouceur in 2020.[22]

Career regular season statistics

Career high/best bolded

Personal life

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


  1. ^ "The Tulane Toe". Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Eddie Murray Sugar Bowl". Archived from the original on July 18, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Eddie Murray's last second FG defeats Dallas (1981)". YouTube.
  4. ^ Anderson, Dave (January 1984). "Lions' Murray Knew Kick Would Miss". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Pressure is on rookie kicker". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Chiefs sign Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "Chiefs release Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Bucs Sign Kicker Murray And Cut Drewrey, Junior, Willis". Orlando Sentinel. November 11, 1992. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 24, 1993. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Two misses against Buffalo cost kicker Elliott job with Dallas". Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "Eagles sign kicker Murray". March 23, 1994. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Anderson signs". July 23, 1995. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Redskins sign Murray after releasing Lohmiller". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 26, 1996. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Vikings sign Ball, Murray". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Murray retires after 17 years". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "Cowboys bring Murray out of retirement". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Cowboys Sign Murray as Kicker". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1999. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  19. ^ Berkow, Ira (November 30, 2000). "Middle-Aged Kicker Returns to the Fray". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "In a Long Season, Murray's a Little Short". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "ESPN - NFL All-Time Leaders - National Football League". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  22. ^ "L.P. Ladouceur's 251st game will set a record for a Canadian-born player". December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
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