Running back DeMarco Murray announced his retirement Friday on NFL Live, ending his seven-year professional football career at age 30.
Murray, who spent the last two seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, is expected to go into broadcasting now that he has ended his playing career.
“I have decided to retire from professional football today,” Murray said from the ESPN set. It’s been a great seven years. I’ve been blessed to have the coaching staffs and the teammates that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with for the last seven years of my career.”
Murray, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, led the NFL in rushing in 2014 with 1,845 yards for the Cowboys. He signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but had a disappointing season there, gaining just 702 yards.
The Titans acquired him the following off-season and he helped to turn the franchise’s fortunes around in 2016, leading the AFC with 1,287 yards rushing and also catching 53 passes for Tennessee.
The former Oklahoma star suffered through an injury-plagued season last year with the Titans, gaining just 659 yards, a career low, as he was bothered by hamstring and knee injuries. Murray was eventually shut down by the knee injury and missed not only the Titans’ playoff-clinching victory over Jacksonville in the regular-season finale, but was out for both of Tennessee’s playoff games in Kansas City and New England
The Titans released in the off-season, and Murray reportedly turned down a chance to work out for the New Orleans Saints earlier this year.
Murray said he had been “constantly thinking about this for the last year or two,” referring to retirement, even as he continued to work out and play.
Murray finishes his NFL career with 7,174 yards rushing with 49 rushing touchdowns and six more receiving touchdowns. He had 307 pass receptions for 2,165 yards.