Huddle-Up: Demarco On Cowboys' 'Strength'
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Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray held a cocktail event and silent auction at Texas de Brazil on Wednesday to fundraise for the DeMarco Murray Foundation and CowboysHQ was there to discuss the charity and the football.
Does Murray view this as the strongest team you've been on in Dallas?
"I think you can say that,'' DeMarco said. "From the leadership we have and the young guys, I think you can say that. ... I think we're looking good. We had strong offseason workouts with Coach Woicik and it carried on through mini-camp and OTA's. I thought we looked good, but there's definitely still a lot of work to do and that's what training camp is for.''
Murray's charity is also "looking good.''
“We had a good first year and we’re just doing this to help with our Back to School program in the next couple of weeks, so we’re excited,” he said.
The DeMarco Murray Foundation raised nearly $100,000 in its first year, and Murray considers himself blessed to be in a position he is so he can give back.
“I think (the dollar amount) speaks more to the people of Dallas,'' he said. "You know, they’re able to help the kids out and lend a helping hand.”
The fundraiser at Texas de Brazil went to support the foundation’s upcoming “Back to School” outreach event in August, where The DeMarco Murray Foundation and other sponsors will supply members of Big Brothers/Big Sisters with backpacks filled with the essentials to thrive in the upcoming school year.
Murray has goals for his foundation. By 2016, The DeMarco Murray Foundation aims to help 55,000 low-income children with “great educational opportunities.” Murray is also involved with Pizza Hut’s Book-It program to begin Murray’s “Reading Rush” literacy program.
For more information about The DeMarco Murray Foundation, click here.
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THE FINAL WORD: DeMarco's thoughts on Kyle Orton's release:
"Kyle's a great guy, he was a really good quarterback for us. He's a good friend. We definitely had some good times with him, but it's a business. They decided it was best for the team and did what was best. They didn't think he was a fit so they made the decision they thought was best for the team.''
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