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Murray as an Eagle Among DFW's Top 10 Most Painful Sports Departures

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 27: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles move in for the stop in the first half at AT&T Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    DeMarco Murray as an Eagle?!

    Before you invoke the Apocalypse and take your pitchforks and torches to Valley Ranch, relax. We’ve been through this before. It stings, yes. But, ultimately, we’ll survive. And, yes, thrive.

    Would we rather have the franchise’s single-season rushing leader sign as a free agent in a remote, irrelevant outpost like, say, Jacksonville or St. Louis or Cleveland? Sure.

    If Murray seals the deal and signs in Philadelphia, he’ll make us nauseous and instantly become the villain. As Jerry Seinfeld always says, we don’t cheer players or teams as sports fans, we cheer laundry.

    Ya know, kinda like when we hated Terrell  Owens as a 49er, then loved him as Cowboy. Same with Brett Hull with the Blues, then as the Stanley-Cup winner with the Stars. 

    The good news is Jerry Jones didn’t panic and overpay a good back fresh off a special season behind an elite offensive line. The bad news is that now the Cowboys’ very average run defense will have to face a very motivated Murray twice a year.

    But while the Cowboys regroup and begin mapping their draft strategy to possibly fill DeMarco’s cleats, let’s rank the Top 10 Most Painful DFW Sports Departures:

    • 10. Michael Finley as a Spur
    • 9. DeMarco Murray as an Eagle
    • 8. Jason Kidd as a Sun
    • 7. Alex Rodriguez as a Yankee
    • 6. Tony Dorsett as a Bronco
    • 5. Steve Nash as a Sun
    • 4. Josh Hamilton as an Angel
    • 3. Emmitt Smith as a Cardinal
    • 2. Pudge Rodriguez as a Marlin
    • 1. Mike Modano as a Red Wing

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.