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T-Murph is Back

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The 2005 season was loaded with disappointments from the loss of players in free agency, the awful 4-12 record, and the end of a run of three consecutive NFC North titles. Injuries were a problem too with the loss of RB Ahman Green for much of the season.

Another major injury was the loss of rookie 2nd round pick WR Terrence Murphy. In 2004, WRs Javon Walker and Donald Driver each had fantastic seasons, but there was little depth behind them. Murphy was a needed addition and had just completed an outstanding career at Texas A&M. From USA Today:

Murphy finished his career with 29 starts in 45 games. He caught 172 passes for 2,600 yards (15.1 avg) and ten touchdowns. He shattered the previous school career records of 117 receptions for 1,740 yards by Bethel Johnson (1999-2002).
He produced big number in a tough college conference, started a lot of games during his college career, and showed 4.4 speed, all signs of a promising NFL career. Unfortunately his career was cut short by a neck injury suffered early in his rookie season.

After stepping away from football for a year, the Packers have invited Murphy to join them as a coaching intern. I don't know if he'll make a good coach, but I'm disappointed I didn't get to see him have a long and successful career on the field for the Packers and I hope he'll find success in coaching instead.