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Redskins K Murray, 44, to make 2000 debut
Posted: Thursday November 16, 2000 4:37 PM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
When 44-year-old kicker Eddie Murray suits up Monday night for Washington against St. Louis, he will become the sixth-oldest player to appear in an NFL game (chart below).
Murray, signed by the Redskins on Nov. 9, was born Aug. 29, 1956. He will become the oldest player to appear in an NFL game since 44-year-old quarterback Steve DeBerg played for Atlanta in 1998.
There are four other 40-year-olds playing in the NFL in 2000 -- Kansas City quarterback Warren Moon (43), Minnesota kicker Gary Anderson (41), Atlanta kicker Morten Andersen (40) and Washington cornerback Darrell Green (40).
This will be Murray's 19th NFL season. A seventh-round draft pick by Detroit in 1980, he spent his first 12 years with the Lions. He has since played for Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Dallas (twice), Philadelphia, Minnesota and Washington (twice).
Murray has topped 100 points scored in five seasons (1980-81, '85, '93 and '95) with a career-high 122 for Dallas in '93. He has hit 75 percent of his field-goal attempts (344 of 454).
Murray's 1,563 points rank third among active players behind Anderson (2,019) and Andersen (1,904). His career total is seventh all-time.
Kickers Brett Conway, Kris Hepner and Michael Husted were a combined 11-for-17 (64 percent) -- 0-for-2 from 40-plus yards -- for the Redskins this season.
|(Not) Ready For Retirement|
Oldest players to appear in an NFL game
||Sept. 17, 1927
||Aug. 28, 1919
||March 12, 1880
||April 25, 1876
||Jan. 19, 1954
|* Eddie Murray
||Aug. 29, 1956
||Jan. 25, 1924
|* Warren Moon
||Nov. 18, 1956
||Nov. 26, 1942
||May 17, 1934
| Down the stretch |
No division leader has more than a two-game lead. The AFC East is the most congested; Miami leads Indianapolis and N.Y. Jets by one game, while Buffalo is two games behind.
| Redskins reunion |
Washington head coach Norv Turner hired first-year St. Louis head coach Mike Martz as quarterbacks coach of the Redskins in 1997. One of the players under Martz's tutelage was Trent Green, now the Rams' starting QB.
| Home on the road |
The N.Y. Giants play host to Detroit in a game ripe with playoff implications. The Lions, however, like taking their show on the road; Detroit is 3-1 as the visitor in 2000.
| Streaking |
Green Bay's Brett Favre (NFL-record 135 consecutive starts) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (42) have the league's longest active consecutive QB starts streaks.
| Flattery -- Cincinnati interim head coach Dick LeBeau is to be commended for benching QB Akili Smith. At this time, the game is too fast for the second-year player. |
| Flag -- The NFL should fine Dallas QB Troy Aikman for coming into contact with game official Ed Hochuli. League rules do not include "oops, I'm sorry" or "heat of the moment" clauses.
| Flattery -- Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb has directed consecutive game-winning drives in overtime. His development is a key factor in the Eagles being 7-4 and a viable NFC East contender. |
| Flag -- Completing the QB thoughts, Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart needs to fill the Steelers' void -- at wide receiver. He is not an NFL-caliber quarterback. Not drafting QB Chad Pennington will haunt the Pittsburgh franchise. |
| New Orleans plays host to Oakland, which is looking for its first victory in the Big Easy since defeating Philly in Super Bowl XV (0-2 vs. Saints since then). New Orleans' six-game winning streak is tops in the league. || |
| Tampa Bay has outscored Chicago 156-56 in the past six games. The Bears have not scored an offensive touchdown in past 14 quarters against Buccaneers.|| |
| Miami, which plays host to N.Y. Jets, is 5-0 this season at Pro Player Stadium. New York has won five consecutive against the Dolphins and five of last seven road games. |
| Cincinnati RB Corey Dillon needs 145 rushing yards to become the eighth player in league history to begin career with four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. |
| Cincinnati at New England (1 p.m. EST) -- Both teams are 2-8 and playing for draft status (maybe the Bengals should play Akili Smith at QB). Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was 7-0 against Cincy while at Cleveland helm.
| Detroit at N.Y. Giants (1 p.m. EST) -- Entering the stretch run, both teams have playoff aspirations. Lions RB James Stewart is averaging 86 rushing yards on grass (three games) compared to 67 on turf (seven games). |
| Oakland at New Orleans (1 p.m. EST) -- Raiders must contend with the NFL's top sack unit. Saints have 44 QB sacks, including eight against Carolina last week. New Orleans must find a way to contain the AFC's second-best scoring unit. Oakland is averaging 28 points per game. |
| N.Y. Jets at Miami (4:05 p.m. EST) -- Rematch of epic Monday night game in Week 8. Teams have combined for 146 points and 1,600 yards in past two games, and five of past six games have been decided by eight points or less. |
| Washington at St. Louis (9 p.m. EST Monday) -- The league's top offense (Rams, 475.4 yards per game) faces the NFC's best defense (Redskins, 255.3 ypg). St. Louis has scored 49 touchdowns and is on pace to score an NFL-record 78, while Washington has the league's No. 1 pass 'D' (160.8 ypg). |
| Two of this year's standout pass-rushing defensive tackles -- New Orleans' La'Roi Glover and Warren Sapp of Tampa Bay -- have a chance at history. Glover is tied for the NFL lead with Philadelphia defensive end Hugh Douglas with 13.0 sacks each. Sapp is fourth with 11.5. Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, Minnesota's John Randle is the only defensive tackle to lead the league in sacks (15.5 in '97).
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