A future NFL superstar, who just so happens to be buddies with a certain UFC co-owner, is asking for the mixed martial arts community to rally around him. Oklahoma University’s DeMarco Murray is up for the cover of “EA Sports NCAA Football 12” and the running back needs your vote.
“I’ve grown up playing this game as far back as I can think of and it would mean a lot to me,” Murray told UFC.com. “I’m still playing the game with the whole dynasty thing, so it would definitely be a dream come true.
“I never thought that I would even be mentioned or have the opportunity to be one of the four who could possibly be on the cover, so it feels good.”
The 23-year-old is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same school attended by UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White. Lorenzo was immediately impressed with Murray, who was an All-Conference pick for three consecutive years.
“Lorenzo’s a great friend of mine and I’ve known him for a while,” Murray added. “I’m just blessed to know a guy like that and I’m happy the UFC fighters are on my side and getting the fans out there to vote.
“I’ve been a fan [of the UFC] since freshman year of high school. Just watching what Lorenzo has done and the platform he’s put it on now, it’s just grown amazingly.”
Not only is Murray a fan of the sport, during his off-seasons he would come back to Las Vegas and train at Lorenzo’s gym. While it’s taken some NFL stars a couple of years to come around to incorporating MMA’s intense workouts into their regimen, this rookie had no qualms with jumping right in.
“I love training MMA,” Murray emphatically stated. “It’s definitely a lot different than what I do on the football field, but some things you can translate into your game. [It has] definitely helped me out a lot with my hand coordination and speed, along with working muscles that I’ve never worked on in football.”
Please click HERE if you would like to see Murray’s face plastered on the video game cover. The polls close April 4th and the winner will be announced on April 19th.
[Pictured: DeMarco Murray (left) and Demian Maia (right)]