When Jimmy Murphy scored his first-ever touchdown in a game against Bethune Cookman, it generated an emphatic celebration from the sideline, despite the lead being 63-0. In a situation such as that, a touchdown that late in the game wouldn’t cause much rejoicing. This one was different though, given all the work it took Murphy to simply make the team, and earn a scholarship.
The run, the somersault, and backstory all made Jimmy Murphy an online sensation.
Standing at 5 foot 7, Murphy instantly had challenges when it came to making the roster. He knew it would take his full, consistent effort to earn a spot. His first opportunities to get onto the field came on special teams, where he was often found near the ball-carrier, covering punts or kickoffs. Murphy took full advantage of all of these chances, becoming an inspiration in the locker room, and a fan-favorite.
Not the biggest play from the other night, but great to see Big Play Jim showing out on special teams. If we want to win some of these games we have left, every guy needs to do their job, and Jimmy Murphy is a great model for that. pic.twitter.com/o2N2fkEOcU— Canes Legacy (@CanesLegacy) October 13, 2019
Murphy’s pride and devotion to the team and university are things to be noted. He’s the embodiment of how great it is to be a Miami Hurricane. Miami’s locker room seemed to lack focus and effort in 2019—Murphy was a bright spot in a dull, mediocre-at-best season.
Jimmy Murphy gave his all, day-in and day-out, and his selflessness and dedication are things that should bring others up, regardless of result or score.