The National Football League‘s 2015-16 season gets underway on Thursday night and for most veterans in the league it was a forgone conclusion they will be with their respective teams come opening night. For others it was a waiting game to see if they would make the 53-man roster, including Boston College’s Tyler Murphy.
“When that time comes and they haven’t told you anything and you start getting congrats from players on the team and coaches, you get a good feeling you are here,” said Murphy. “I am blessed to be here and going to take it one day at a time and do it to the best of my ability.
To find out I was on the 53-man roster was a blessing. I was very excited. It’s been a long journey, and to reach this checkpoint means a lot. I can’t be complacent or settle for just being on the team. I have to find a way to contribute and help this team move forward and win the Super Bowl.”
Murphy, a quarterback during his time in college football, made the Steelers 53-man roster a wide receiver.
The Wethersfield, Connecticut native committed to the Florida Gators on January 24, 2010, joining the team as a freshman to start the 2010 football season. However, Murphy didn’t throw his first pass until the 2013 season.
Following an injury to starting QB Jeff Driskel, Murphy started the final games of the 2013 season. He made his name known during the Gators’ wins over the Tennessee Volunteers (31-17), Kentucky Wildcats (24-7) and Arkansas Razorbacks (30-10). But Florida would lose the remaining games of the season and finish with a 4-8 record.
After the 2013 season, Murphy opted to transfer to the Boston College Eagles for the 2014 season where he flourished with head coach Steve Addazio‘s rush-heavy offense. He lead the team to a 7–6 record, highlighted by an upset victory over No. 9 USC Trojans, a game in which Murphy ran for 191 yards. The senior broke the school record, both single-season and career, for rushing yards by a quarterback (965), passing BC legend and NFL veteran Doug Flutie in only nine games. In the final game of the season against the Syracuse Orange, he broke the ACC single-season rushing record by a quarterback with 1,084 yards gained. Murphy also sits tied for second all-time for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 11 at Boston College.
Although Murphy was rumored to possibly go to the Steelers in the late rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft, he went undrafted. Following the draft, Pittsburgh opted to sign the free agent as wide receiver and give him shot at making the roster. It should be noted, the Steelers have a history of developing college quarterbacks into successful wide receivers, like former players Kordell Stewart, Hines Ward, and Antwaan Randle El. Will Murphy become the next success story?
The Steelers take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, September 10 in the season opener. The Patriots will raise their Super Bowl XLIX championship banner. Keep an eye to see if Murphy gets a shot to prove himself not far from where he grew up and where he completed his collegiate career.