DeMarco Murray may be getting a lot of credit for his impressive performance this year, but the NFL's leading rusher made sure his offensive linemen aren't going home empty handed.
Murray this week surprised his five starting offensive linemen with 21.5-inch iMacs valued at $1,300 each (for a total of $6,500). Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Ron Leary each had a new computer sitting in front of their locker after practice Wednesday.
"It was pretty nice,” Martin told the team's website. "We just walked in and he gave them to us. It was pretty cool."
DeMarco Murray surprised his offensive lineman with brand new 21.5 inch iMacs at their locker. valued at $1300 each pic.twitter.com/STTDi3hf8z
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) October 22, 2014
Murray is in the midst of one of the best seasons ever by a running back. He's run for 913 yards through seven games, 300 more than second-place Arian Foster. Murray has tallied at least 100 yards in each of the Cowboys' games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season by topping the century mark seven straight times.
While Murray is a superb back in his own right, Dallas' stellar offensive line has provided him with great running lanes. In fact, following the Cowboys' impressive victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 12 left tackle Tyron Smith became the first lineman in ten years to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Murray has been quick to credit his linemen for his success:
— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) October 16, 2014
It's not uncommon for a running back or quarterback to reward his offensive linemen, but doing it in the middle of the season is somewhat rare. Adrian Peterson bought snowmobiles for each member of Minnesota's offensive line after he was named MVP in 2012, while Tom Brady gave his offensive linemen Audi Q7s after the Patriots' perfect season in 2007.
The computers are perhaps not as luxurious as a snowmobile or a car, but Murray doesn't make nearly as much as Peterson or Brady (yet). Murray, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, has a base salary of $1.3 million this year. It's safe to say that if Murray keeps up his torrid pace he'll be rewarded by the Cowboys with a handsome new contract. And, in keeping with Murray's generosity, his offensive linemen will most likely be secondary beneficiaries of Murray's new deal.