Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray Says Nick Fairley’s Dirty Hits Almost Made Him Quit Football

first_imgAaron Murray runs during a Georgia game against Auburn.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 16: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball for a 4th quarter touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Aaron Murray is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Georgia history. After four years as a starter for Mark Richt’s Bulldogs, he went on to a brief NFL career.After a game against the powerhouse 2010 Auburn Tigers, and star defensive tackle Nick Fairley, he says he considered stepping away from the game. Fairley took repeated shots on Murray, some of which were questionable, during the 49-31 Tigers win at Jordan-Hare Stadium.Auburn, led by Fairley and Heisman winner Cam Newton, went on to capture the national title. Murray would start three more seasons, but the 2010 Auburn game left him very shaken up.According to Murray, he suffered a fractured sternum and serious whiplash during the game, leaving him briefly contemplating leaving the game. Aaron Murray joined the 3 Man Front show on WJOX and discussed his rough experience with Nick Fairley during the 2010 Auburn-Georgia game.Via Saturday Down South:“If he did that outside the football field, he’d have been in jail for three years. … That was actually the first time in my life I was like ‘I don’t know if I want to play football anymore.’ I’m not kidding either,” Murray recalled. “I was on the sideline, and I had six stitches; my jersey’s covered in blood; I had a fractured sternum and can’t feel the left side of my body. I got whiplash in my neck, and I can’t really move my neck. I was like ‘Is this really worth it? It’s my freshman year, I can quit now and save myself a lot of punishment.’“I had to sit up sleeping the next two weeks. I couldn’t even lay down. It was tough.”The full clip:CBS Sports Network’s @AaronMurray11 joined @3ManFront to recap SEC Media Days, witnessing @TG3II working out, and go in-depth on the aftermath from all those @Nick_Fairley251 hits.— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) July 18, 2019During that game, Fairley’s play drew the ire of the Georgia offensive line as well. As shown towards the end of this clip, the two teams got into a shoving match at one point after a hit on Murray.Murray was actually pretty effective in that game, throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, but Newton went for four total touchdowns, throwing for 148 yards and adding 151 on the ground.Fairley was only tabbed for four total tackles, and no sacks, but clearly had his presence felt far beyond the box score.[WJOX via Saturday Down South]last_img

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