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 Kurt was a 1995 First Team All-Ohio Selection

Kurt was a 1995 First Team All-Ohio Selection

Week 5
Kurt Murphy

1992 - 1995
Offensive Lineman / Defensive Lineman

Where are living now?
Galena

Did you play collegiately?
The Ohio State University

Married?  Children?
Married for 11 years and I have four children ages 8, 6, 3 and 1.

What are you doing now?
I am a Distribution Center Director for Abercrombie & Fitch in New Albany, Ohio.

What is the fondest memory from your playing career at DeSales?
I have so many great memories from DeSales that it would be difficult to pick just one.  The two that stand out to me happened my junior year (1994). Every Watterson game has plenty of hype during the lead up to kickoff.  We entered that game with extra motivation/focus after losing the previous two years.  Due to Watterson not having a home field in 1994, the game was played at Whetstone High School. The stadium was overflowing, and the crowd surrounded the entire area.  By the time the final whistle had blown, our fans had rushed the field to celebrate the 41-6 victory.  The second standout memory for me was our first round playoff game verse Ironton.  I had dreamed about participating in a playoff game, and my first opportunity came verse a traditional powerhouse program.  It was a hard-hitting defensive struggle.  When it was all said and done, we advanced with a 13-0 victory.

What was your best game?
It is sad, but it would be easier for me to answer this question if it was your worst game, not your best.  I guess my best game would have been the Watterson game in 1995.  It was once again a defensive struggle, and we played a little sloppy, but we came out of the game with a 14-0 victory.  A lot of folks said the game was won on the line, and I was lucky enough to be singled out by the local radio station as the player of the week for the area.  This recognition was truly a group award for both our offensive and defensive lines.

What made playing for DeSales special?
The players and coaches. When people ask me what I miss most about playing football, my answer is always the same; I miss the locker room. I miss the celebrations after a victory on Friday night, to sitting in the wrestling room worn out between practices telling stories.  For four years I had the privilege to play with teammates that are still some of my best friends to this day.  The principles (Faith, Family, Discipline, Hard Work, etc.) that the coaches instilled in us during my time at DeSales helped me to be successful at The Ohio State University, but more importantly, they have been essential to my life outside of Football.

Do you still follow the Stallions, and if so, how closely?
Yes, I still follow Stallion football.  I try to attend a few games each year and get most of my updates through the Pouring Purple website.