The Dallas Cowboys drafted DeMarco Murray back in 2011, but they might not have taken the running back if it was not for their former head coach. He did an interview with the Dallas Morning News and stated that Jerry Jones asked him about DeMarco because Switzer has amazing ties with Oklahoma. When he was asked what he told Jerry Jones he stated this:
On DeMarco Murray. Did you ever see this coming?
Barry Switzer: Hell yes, I did. I had a conversation with Jerry. He’d asked me about DeMarco Murray a few days before the draft. I’d seen where they’d said he was injury prone and all that. Yeah, he’s been nicked up. Most backs have been nicked up. But I’m going to tell you something. I knew he was a first-round talent. And his four years at Oklahoma, I saw it. And all of the sudden they call me on draft day and he’s fallen to the third round. I told Jerry, ‘Hey, you guys gotta take him.’ Not only does he have first-round talent ability. He will never embarrass your program. He is a great leader. He will never make a mistake. He’ll never bust an assignment. You will be proud you have a representative like this playing for the Dallas Cowboys. They took him. And thank God they did.
It looks like their former coach might have helped them find a running back that finally turned it up after his third season. The contract year will do that for you.
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