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Adrian Murrell
Running back
Jersey #(s)
29, 22
Born October 16, 1970 (1970-10-16) (age 39)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Career information
Year(s) 19932003
NFL Draft 1993 / Round: 5 / Pick: 120
College West Virginia
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 5,199
Average 3.8
Touchdowns 23
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Adrian Byran Murrell (born October 16, 1970 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is a former professional American football running back who was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft after playing collegiately for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Murrell played in nine NFL seasons from 1993-2000 and 2003.


High school

Murrell attended Leilehua High School in Wahiawa,Hawaii.

Collegiate career

Murrell arrived at West Virginia University in 1990, when Michael Beasley started for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers went 4-7 that season, with Murrell only seeing limited time. He only rushed for 48 yards on seven attempts that season.

In his sophomore year, 1991, Murrell and the Mountaineers began to increase their product. The Mountaineers went 6-5 that season, while Murrell saw the starting role. He rushed for 904 yards and seven touchdowns on the year, with an added 100 receiving yards.

In his final season as a Mountaineer, his junior year of 1992, Murrell produced the best season of his college career. While the Mountaineers sunk back, going 5-4-2, Murrell made national headlines. He rushed for 1,145 yards and six touchdowns, along with 244 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Murrell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.

Professional career


New York Jets

Murrell left West Virginia after his junior season, and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. In his first two seasons as a Jet, Murrell rushed for a total of 317 yards and a touchdown.

In 1995, Murrell began to break out as a player. He rushed for 795 yards on the season, along with a touchdown. He also added 495 yards and two touchdowns receiving. The following year, 1996, Murrell posted his best performance of his professional career. He rushed for 1,249 yards and six touchdowns that season, along with a receiving touchdown.

In 1997, Murrell recorded 1,086 yards rushing with seven touchdowns and caught two receiving touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals

Following the 1997 season, Murrell was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Murrell gained 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns in 1998 playing in all 16 games. In 1999, he only rushed for 553 yards, but caught 49 passes for 335 yards.

Washington Redskins

Following the Arizona stint, Murrell arrived in Washington with the Redskins for the 2000 season. But Murrell only saw limited action during the season, and recorded 50 rushing yards.

Dallas Cowboys

After a two-year break from the NFL, Murrell returned in 2003 to play for the Dallas Cowboys. In Murrell's final professional season, he recorded 107 yards rushing.


His younger brother, Marques Murrell, was a defensive end on the Appalachian State University football team. He signed a contract with the New York Jets on November 7, 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Beasley
WVU Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Robert Walker
Preceded by
Johnny Johnson
New York Jets Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Curtis Martin
Awards and achievements


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