From the University of Central Florida comes Latavius Murray, a professional American football player who plays as a running back in the National Football League. He has done some exciting things on the field during his career, and since he is still young, there is still much to learn from this young man. As we follow him and watch him play his football to the top, we take a look at his biography and see how far he has come to stand where he is today.
Latavius Murray Biography (Age)
It was on January 18, 1990, when Latavius Murray was born in Titusville, Florida, the son of Paul Murray and Tawanna Wright. He has a sister named Eliana Murray.
The boy grew up and received a formal education at Onondaga Central High School in Onondaga, New York, where he excelled as a three-sport athlete, especially in soccer, basketball, and athletics. As you can imagine, he was very popular among his peers and received numerous awards for his exceptional football talent, including three consecutive seasons in the All-League and All-Central New York selections, 2007 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in New York State, and many others.
When his high school football career came to an end after graduation, Latavius Murray had scholarship offers from Syracuse University, the University of Maryland, Boston College, and several others. However, he began his college career in 2008 with the UCF Knights at the University of Central Florida. Not only did he start impressively, but he got better with every season. The boy then finished his college career with a total of 2,424 rushing yards, 50 receptions, 37 rushing touchdowns, 524 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. With such commendable college football statistics, Murray was ranked 181st in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. This election made him the 15th running back selected this season.
Latavius Murray Professional Career
On June 6, 2013, Latavius Murray committed to a four-year contract worth $2.26 million, which included a guarantee of $106,200 and a signing bonus of $106,200. However, he would see no action in his rookie season as he was put on injured reserve.
With the start of the 2014 season, the Titusville boy began firing on all cylinders from week 11 onwards, team veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew had lost form throughout the year and Murray had to come to the aid of his team. He proved his worth as a running back by scoring 424 hurried yards with 2 hurried touchdowns and 82 carries in 15 games.
With the retirement of veteran Maurice Jones-Drew and the departure of his co-Veteran Darren McFadden, it was up to Latavius Murray to retain the majority of the Carries, and as expected, he began the season as a starting running back. He broke Darren McFadden’s 1,000-yard speed record and ended the eventful football season with 1,066 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, clean 41 receptions with 232 receiving yards all to himself.
Latavius continued his impressive form in the 2016 season, which was also his last in the Raiders. He had a career highlight: 12 rushing touchdowns, 788 yards in 14 games. His ability to protect passes was rated third-best in the league.
As the saying goes: Whatever has a beginning, definitely has an end. After working for the Oakland Raiders from the 2013 to 2016 season, his four-year contract ended and it was time for him to take a different path for his career with another team. The Minnesota Vikings came to visit.
To show how well the former UCF Knight running back has improved over the years, his three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, dated March 16, 2017, was estimated at $15,000,000 (563.72% more than $2.26 million), including a $1,800,000 signing bonus with a guaranteed $8,550,000. This brought him to an average annual salary of $5,000,000.
To date, his time as a Viking in the 2017 season can boast 842 stormy yards with 8 stormy touchdowns, 15 receptions, and 103 receiving courts, with many more to come. The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North with Latavius Murray and found themselves seeded number two in the playoffs. They overtook the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round with a 29-24 win but lost 38-7 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.
Height, Weight, Body Stats
The footballer from Titusville, Florida, stands at a height of 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) and weighs 104 kg (230 lb). He has an athletic build, and when we get his other body statistics, we will know the exact numbers at which his body was ripped apart.