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Marques Murrell
Murrell playing for the Jets in September 2009.
No. 54     Montreal Alouettes
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Appalachian State
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Tackles     22
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     2
Pass deflections     0
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Marques Murrell (born March 20, 1985 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is an American football linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Appalachian State.

Murrell has also played for the New York Jets and New England Patriots. He is the younger brother of former National Football League running back Adrian Murrell, who played with the Jets from 1993 to 1997.

Early years

Murrell registered 21 sacks over his final two seasons at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to earn All-Region honors.

College career

Murrell was a two-time first team All-American performer at Appalachian State University, finishing his career with 36 sacks and a school-record 18 forced fumbles. Murrell gained 13 sacks in both his junior and senior seasons, fueling his Appalachian State to two consecutive Division I-AA National Championships in 2005 and 2006. In the 2005 title game he forced a fumble that was returned by Jason Hunter for the winning touchdown in a 21–16 victory over University of Northern Iowa.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Murrell was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2007, following the 2007 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Eagles during final cuts on September 1, 2007, and was re-signed to the team's practice squad two days later.

New York Jets

Murrell was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the New York Jets on November 7, 2007. Murrell played in four of the Jets' final seven games of the season, but did not record any stats. In 2008, Murrell made the Jets' 53-man roster and played in 12 games as a reserve, recording nine tackles.

In 16-13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills on October 18, 2009, Murrell and Jets safety James Ihedigbo threw punches at Bills tight end Derek Fine, prompting Murrell to be fined by the NFL for $5,000 and be benched, along with Ihedigbo, by head coach Rex Ryan for the following game against the Oakland Raiders on October 25, 2009.[1] Murrell finished the 2009 season with 12 tackles in ten games played.

He was not tendered by the Jets as an restricted free agent following the season and became an unrestricted free agent.

New England Patriots

Murrell signed with the New England Patriots on March 9, 2010. He was released on September 13 after playing in the Patriots' season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots re-signed Murrell on January 5, 2011, prior to their first playoff game. He was waived on August 30.

Montreal Alouettes

On May 7, 2012, Murrell signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[2]


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