2020-02-16

DeMarco Murray: Adrian Peterson Is Best Running Back To Play

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It was 2006.

DeMarco Murray arrived at Oklahoma in Adrian Peterson's final season in Norman.

At his introductory press conference, Murray spoke about the legacy and longevity of Peterson who he considers the best to play the game.

“Barry Sanders is my favorite running back ever. You know, I consider him the best. But I think Adrian Peterson is the best running back to ever play the game, and it’s not by coincidence that he’s still playing," Murray said, via OUInsider.

"He's a great person, he works his tail off, and more importantly he’s a great human being. You know, he’s a family man. He does it the right way, has a charity, and he gives a lot back to the youth.”

At 34, in his 12th season, Peterson is still a productive workhorse, rushing nearly 900 yards last season.

“But Adrian, he’s a freak of nature. You guys have all seen it. You’re still seeing it a decade later.”

After a successful playing career that spanned 11 seasons at the collegiate, professional levels – Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin offered Murray an opportunity to embark on a coaching career last season.

When Jay Boulware left the school, Lincoln Riley had a vacancy to fill. Murray jumped to the opportunity to return to Norman. Murray hopes to help the program win more than conference championships but a national championship.

“Obviously Big 12 championship means a lot and playoff means a lot, but the ultimate goal, why you come here and why you play here and why you coach here is to be in the big one,” Murray said.

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