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Mark Murphy

This inductee, a football product of Canton Glen Oak High School, came out of small West Liberty State in West Virginia to play his entire 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. Mark Murphy, a strong safety, proved outstanding enough to be enshrined in the Packer's Hall of Fame in 1998 by accumulating 900 tackles, 20 interceptions and 11 quarterback sacks during his career. One of those interceptions he returned 50 yards for a touchdown against archrival Minnesota. A "Where Are They Now" Packers' feature two years ago said of Murphy, "He wasn't flashy, he didn't crave the spotlight, but Murphy was a solid contributor to the Packers' defensive backfield." Murphy, who played from 1980-92, missed the entire 1986 season with a stress fracture of the left foot. However, he came back in 1987 to lead the defensive backs with 63 solo tackles and received the Ed Block Courage Award which honors NFL players "who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage." Recipients are selected by teammates for team effort as well as individual performance. In 1988 Murphy was voted the Packers' Man of the Year. The storied rivalry between the Packers and the Chicago Bears is Murphy's fondest memory of his playing days in the NFL. "It was always intense, always close and always a good game. It was fun!" Bears running back Walter Payton remains Murphy's favorite opponent. "It was just his work ethic, the way he handled himself. He'd lay a good hit on you, jump up, slap you on the butt, and run off to the huddle before you got up." Murphy rates the top three receivers he had to face as teammate James Lofton, the 49ers' Jerry Rice and Steve Largent of the Seahawks. Murphy, who suffers from a form of alopecia, an immune system condition causing permanent hair loss, led West Liberty to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1979, earning all-conference and honorable mention All-America accolades in the process. Currently, Murphy is Dean of Men and assistant football coach at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Inducted 2002 | Football