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Kicker Murray To Retire As a Lion

June 3, 1999

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Former Detroit kicker Eddie Murray will retire in a Lions uniform.

The Lions signed Murray so he could retire as a member of the team.

``This is something that everyone within the organization feels good about and we’re proud to have had Eddie kicking here for the first 11 years of his career,″ said Chuck Schmidt, the Lions’ executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Murray is the Lions’ career scoring leader with 1,113 points. He joined the team in 1980 and in 12 seasons set club career records for extra points (384) and field goals (244).

But some remember him best for missing a 43-yard field goal in the final seconds of a playoff game against San Francisco in 1983 that would have sent the Lions to the NFC title game.

Murray was the Lions kicker from 1980-1991. He played for six other NFL teams from 1992-97, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 when the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.

He spent the 1997 season with Minnesota and did not play last year.

``Detroit has always been home for myself and my family since I was drafted here in 1980,″ Murray said in the team’s release. ``The Lions gave me the chance I needed to have a long, productive career in the NFL and I have always been grateful to them for that.″

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