Just My Type

February 09, 2015

DEMARCO MURRAY

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The Cowboys' running back, who will turn 27 next week, enters free agency after rushing for 1,845 yards—the best in the NFL—and leading Dallas to the playoffs.

DAN PATRICK:If I had told you [before the season] that you'd have a real chance to reach 2,000 yards, what would you have said?

DEMARCO MURRAY: There's a great possibility.

DP:When will you know your status in Dallas?

DM: I don't know. We're not worried about it.

DP:Can both you and Dez Bryant stay in Dallas?

DM: You're asking the wrong guy. Hopefully, we'll both remain there. We've built a great foundation.

DP:Are you prepared to leave if they don't step up?

DM: Yeah, I understand the business aspect of it. There's no hard feelings if we can't reach a deal.

DP:Usually running backs get one big contract. This is your payday.

DM: I don't think about that. I'm thinking about winning a Super Bowl. At the end of the day, the money is irrelevant to some degree.

DP:Have you been to Jerry Jones's house?

DM: I have not.

DP:Have you been to Tony Romo's house?

DM: Quite a few times.

DP:What happens there?

DM: Hang out. Watch a little TV. Watch the football games. He makes us watch film.

DP:What do we not know about Romo that we should know?

DM: He's a great guy. A great friend. He loves the game. He's a teacher as well. He shares information.

DP:Does the loss in Green Bay still bother you?

DM: Of course. It's still sinking in ... now that you bring it up.

DP:Have you watched the game?

DM: I have not.

DP:Will you?

DM: I will not.

DP:You're kind of intense. Have you ever thrown up before a game?

DM: Yes, multiple times. Before, during, after.

DP:Why?

DM: You get too amped up.

DP:Do you take a breath mint for the huddle?

DM: No. I wash it out with water and Gatorade and spit it out.

DP:Who was the running back you wanted to be when you were growing up?

DM: Barry Sanders was the guy.

DP:Let's build the perfect running back. Best feet?

DM: Barry Sanders.

DP:Legs?

DM: Barry Sanders.

DP:Hands?

DM: Marshall Faulk.

DP:Moves?

DM: Barry Sanders.

DP:Power?

DM: Adrian Peterson or Walter Payton.

DP:That's not a bad running back.

DM: Not bad at all.

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PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATRICK) PHOTOTOM PENNINGTON/GETTY IMAGES (MURRAY) PHOTOCINDY ORD/GETTY IMAGES/SIRIUSXM (NEWTON) PHOTOROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRAHAM) PHOTOVIRGINIA SHERWOOD/NBC (HARRISON)

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