DeMarco Murray is starting to finally look like DeMarco Murray. The NFL’s leading rushing leader last season has struggled in his first season in Philadelphia, but a recent string of performances including a strong showing against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night proved that the star running back is far from done. It appears that a healthier Murray and improvements in the offensive line sparked what the Eagles hope will be a return to last season’s form. Or maybe Murray was hyped because Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 dropped this past Friday.
Prior to Cowboys game and the release of Black Ops 3, Examiner had a chance to speak with Murray about the blockbuster franchise and his history of gaming. Unlike other NFL players we have interviewed in the past like Clay Matthews and NaVorro Bowman, Murray is more of a single-player kind of gamer, preferring to see the roller coaster ride that is Call of Duty and the crazy settings of the Zombie Mode.
On his experiences with Call of Duty:
I’m still playing the Zombies Mode from the last game (Advanced Warfare’s EXO Zombie mode). I like to play most on my own with Call of Duty but with Zombies I play with other people and friends online. I actually just started playing Call of Duty last year, just got introduced to it. I’m not gonna say I’m addicted to this game in particular, but I am playing it now more than any other game since.
On his gaming history:
I’ve been playing since college with friends (but not shooters). Call of Duty is fun though, because you get to shoot and play around with your friends or try to stay alive (in Zombies).
On his preference when actually going online:
Yeah, I like to play online with my friends and teammates from time to time. Sometimes I might go online but myself, but not all the time. My name is too incognito for anyone to know. Nah, it’s something I’m gonna share (laughs). I try to go in there and get as many kills as I can and get the most points for my team. I’m trying to go for that top spot every time. But I’m still a beginner though, I wouldn’t consider myself an expert. I’m really still learning how to play and trying to learn the tricks of the game.
He’s really a big fan of Advanced Warfare and Zombies:
I really like the setting of the last game. I love the boost jumps and the exo suits are pretty cool. I love the Zombie modes where you get to take them down and stay alive as long as you can. The weapons and armor are great and they give you an idea of the future. I beat the single-player campaign, which let me play Zombie mode. You try to beat as many levels as possible and higher your ranking. It’s fun to play by yourself or with one other guy or a group and talking on the headsets trying to stay alive.
In a change of pace, DeMarco prefers the single-player campaign:
I like to play the single-player. The story is very cool and it’s very interesting how they portray these characters in this crazy setting, you know?
What was his favorite video game to play before getting into Call of Duty:
The college football games were my favorite back then. It was really the only game that I dedicated a lot of time to. Sometimes I did play as myself in Oklahoma (laughs).