Humble Cowboys Miles Austin and DeMarco Murray Give Back to Boys & Girls Club
When Cowboys receiver Miles Austin talks, people listen. The normally quiet and reserved Austin lets his play on the field do the talking, as well as his actions off of it.
“It’s huge. You see an older guy giving back to his community. He’s proud of Jersey where he grew up. He asked me to do it and I definitely didn’t second-guess it. It’s definitely a privilege to be here,” Cowboys running back, and Austin’s teammate DeMarco Murray told Class Act Sports at Austin’s second annual golf outing which raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield, New Jersey.
Austin was undrafted, signing with the Cowboys in 2006. He made his mark in 2009 scoring 11 touchdowns on 1,320 receiving yards. Since then, he has been Tony Romo’s favorite and most reliable target.
“He leads by example more. There are some times he talks when he needs to, and everybody listens to him. He is a great guy and his work ethic is second to none. I am glad he is on my team,” Murray said.
Both Austin and Murray own Cowboys records. Austin’s 250 receiving yards in a game are a Cowboys single-game record, and Murray’s 253 rushing yards are also a single-game record.
“Knowing the history of the organization…it’s obviously a humbling experience and it also lets you stay focused on the grind that you are on and it keeps you hungry to continue to achieve and continue to bring that work effort every day,” Austin said of the achievement.
Murray started the 2011 season as the third-string running back on the Cowboys’ roster, but by midseason, was the teams’ starter.
“It’s all about the work ethic. I’m definitely honored and proud of where I’ve came from and where I will be in the future. I was given the opportunity and I never looked back. I continued to grind every day and it was hard but I just stuck to my game plan,” Murray told Class Act Sports.
Austin, a two-time Pro Bowler, had kind words to say about the young running back, who will probably join him in the Pro Bowl in the not-too-distant future.
“I can’t say enough great things about DeMarco. He is obviously a true professional, came in as a true professional. Obviously he had the right people guiding him to get to this point. He went to Oklahoma, big school and a lot of times when you are in a situation where things are earned, sometimes you take them for granted and he’s the type that never takes anything for granted,” he said.
After a disappointing end to the season in which Dallas lost four of their final five games- including two to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants- and missed the playoffs, Austin hopes the Cowboys will be rewarded for all their hard work.
“We’re just continuing to work. We are going to keep our nose to the grindstone. Continue to work. We are not talking about anything. We’ll see where our work takes us,” he told Class Act Sports.