Like most college football players his age, Colorado fullback Jordan Murphy has always dreamed about playing in the NFL. He didn’t start a single game in college. He also never recorded a single carry or catch. And when it’s all said and done, there’s almost no way a pro team is going to invite him to a training camp, let alone spend a draft pick on him. But Murphy is going to try to make it to the league anyway and, according to him, it’s all because of a life-changing event that took place almost four years ago.
On the night of July 20, 2012, Murphy and several of his friends decided to attend a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He was inside of the theater when James Holmes walked in and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. In a recent interview with ESPN, Murphy revealed that he remembers nearly being killed by Holmes, and he went into great detail about what that night was like for him:
"[Holmes] comes in to the right, my front right—we were in the fourth row. I can see his weapons. I can see him pretty clearly. He's dressed up like Bane, you know, the character in the movie, so you're thinking, 'Oh, it's opening night, this is some cool stunt to get people going.' But then he launches the tear gas and right then I knew it was real...
"We ducked down, we waited a few seconds. I heard his gun click that he was out of ammunition, so we crawled as fast as we could and then stood up at the end of the row to run. I think I attracted his attention because he turned his head to me, took a shot. Don't know if it was a shotgun or his AR-15, but the bullet hit right over my head, drywall exploded, sprayed on my face, the dust went in my eyes. At that point I'm thinking I'm not getting out, but I'm running along the way, we were getting ready to turn the corner and the bullet just smashed the drywall. They always said the reason I couldn't play Division I as a linebacker was because I wasn't 6-2. I'm 6 feet. If I was 6-2, I'd probably be dead because that bullet is in my head."
As we said, this probably isn’t a guy that’s going to end up on your favorite NFL team. Or any NFL team. But after what he went through, can you really blame him for trying to make a team anyway? He's got an incredible story. You can read his full ESPN piece here.
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