Adrian Murrell

Adrian Murrell was born on October 16, 1970 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The 5-11, 210-pound Murrell played his college football for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, pick 120 overall.


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Player Info

Height 5' 11"
Weight 210 lbs
DOB: 10/17/1970
Running Back


NFL Draft

1993/Round 5/Pick 120

Team(s) As A Player

New York Jets 1993-1997
Arizona Cardinals 1998-1999
Washington Redskins 2000
Dallas Cowboys 2003


Murrell Gets His Chance

After being seldom used during his first two seasons in the NFL, Adrian Murrell began to assert himself in 1995. He became the starter in week 5 of the season, and really began to shine on November 26, 1995 against the Seattle Seahawks. After the game, Head Coach Rich Kotite said, “We used a lot of one-back stuff because we really only had one healthy running back.” That running back was Adrian Murrell. He carried the ball 24 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 7 balls for another 37 yards through the air. “I wasn't tired at all,” said Murrell. "I'm just glad I got an opportunity to show what I can do." (1)

Adrian Murrell’s Rushing Record

The 1996 season was a horrid one for the New York Jets. They continued to lose, week after week, and had a 0-8 record. They would have lost every game, had it not been for Adrian Murrell. After the Cardinals had cut the score to 24-21, Murrell iced the game by breaking off a 78-yard run to set up the last touchdown. He put the team on his shoulders and carried them to victory, 31-21 over the Arizona Cardinals. On the way, he racked up 199 yards rushing on 31 carries to top Freeman McNeil’s old mark of 192 yards for a Jet’s single game record. Murrell also added one catch for 7 yards, giving him 206 yards from scrimmage on the day. (2) The Jets finished the season 1-15.

During the season, Adrian Murrell set a franchise record with 301 carries, gained 1249 yards rushing (second best in Jets’ history) and scored 6 touchdowns. This was the greatest rushing total of his NFL career. Reggie Cobb, Murrell's backup, said, “Adrian Murrell has got a gift -- he's a lot faster than a lot of people think. He has lots of gifts; he's the total package. He can run, catch, cut, and he's also got that extra gear. He's done so much, but you can't teach that extra gear; God blessed him with that.” (3)

Murrell to Arizona

After Curtis Martin joined the Jets, Adrian Murrell shifted his game to the desert to play for the Arizona Cardinals. During the 1998 season, Murrell carried the ball 274 times for 1042 yards, caught 18 passes for 169 yards and scored 10 total touchdowns. After 1998, Murrell’s career started to go downhill. He lost his job as the starting running back and finished his career as a backup.

Adrian Murrell’s Career

Adrian Murrell played from 1993-2000 and then returned to play another season in 2003. Over his career, Murrell carried the ball 1375 times for 5199 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, caught 214 passes for another 1369 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.

By A. Goodin,
April 19, 2008

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Adrian Murrell Biography Sources

(1) JETS HAVE THE HORSEPOWER (1995, November 27) The Record
Murrell Gains 199 Yards, And Jets, Finally, a Victory (1996, October 28) New York Times, by Gerald Eskenazi
(3) Jet Propulsion. (New York Jets’ Running Back Adrian Murrell) (1997, September 15) The Sporting News, by Richard Oliver