DeMarco Murray Discusses His Foot, the Draft, Emmitt Smith & Kelly Clarkson

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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DeMarco Murray changes the Dallas Cowboys offense, and it goes beyond Murray's numbers in the box score.

With Murray back after missing six games due to a foot injury, Tony Romo was able to breathe while enjoying his best game of the season Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. And as a result, the Cowboys matched a season high with 38 points on offense.

The even better news is that Murray says he still isn't 100 percent, which indicates that he'll only become more effective as his health progresses over the final four weeks of the 2012.

When Bleacher Report chatted with Murray on his off day ahead of Week 14, our first questions naturally pertained to his sprained left foot.

Bleacher Report: How's your foot feeling after your first game action in seven weeks?

DeMarco Murray: It's feeling all right. It was a little sore after the game, but after two days of rest and getting some treatment, it's feeling OK. 

B/R: I know this is tough to do, but if you had to put a percentage on it, where would you say it's at? 

DM: Definitely not 90 or 100 percent, but it's hard to put a percentage on it. Hopefully it will continue to get better throughout the year.

B/R: A lot of people put a lot of pressure on you after last season, thinking you could be the team's next great running back. How do you handle that? Did you feel it?

DM: No. No one's expectations are higher for me than myself. I know what I can do. I know what I plan on accomplishing here while I'm here. I plan on playing here for a long time and having lots of success here. But I definitely don't mind pressure, don't feel pressure. It is what it is, and I'm happy to be here.

B/R: What's your relationship like with Emmitt Smith? Have you met? Has he given you any advice on being the starting running back in Dallas?

DM: Yeah, I've met him a few times, talked to him a few times on certain occasions. And he's a great guy. Gives me advice from time to time. He's a busy guy so I try not to bother him. But whenever I need something or want to talk, he's always there.

B/R: Emmitt set the bar quite high. Do you strive to do some of the things he was able to do?

DM: What he did was great. No one's ever going to replace him or take his place. I'm not looking to do that. I'm just looking to come out here and win some ballgames, and hopefully win some championships some day. Just trying to get better every day.

B/R: So you're involved with the Pepsi NFL Anthems Program. Kelly Clarkson sings the Cowboys version. Are you a fan?

DM: I am. I'm a huge Kelly Clarkson fan. I listen to Lil Wayne and Lady Antebellum, Chris Brown. I have really diverse ears, so it depends on what kind of mood I'm in. But it was a fun time hanging out with her and having a photoshoot with her and things like that.

B/R: Can you sing?

DM: [Laughs] No, I don't do any singing.

B/R: What did you listen to before Sunday night's game against Philly?

DM: The last game I think it was a Rick Ross song. 

B/R: Have all the injuries on the offensive line hurt the running game this year? 

DM: No. I wouldn't say that. We have a good team, first-stringers, second-stringers. We have a good group of guys and when someone goes down, someone has to step up. And that's what we have to do. We can't make any excuses about injuries or anything like that. We have guys that have been in the league a long time and know what we're doing, know what we're trying to get accomplished.

B/R: You had five backs taken ahead of you in last year's draft. Were you the best back taken?

DM: Yeah. I'm glad to be where I am with the Cowboys. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Everything happens for a reason, and it just gives you a little more fuel.

B/R: I know it's a cliché, but did getting drafted behind those other guys place a chip on your shoulder?

DM: No, man. I could have been the first overall pick. That's not gonna change my work ethic. I'm always gonna work hard and try to improve my game and never let the next guy outwork me or outplay me. So it really doesn't matter to me.


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