Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fordham Kicker/punter Could Be on Path to NFL

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fordham Kicker/punter Could Be on Path to NFL

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There are plenty of experts available in almost every aspect of sports now, a savant who can tweak the best out of a prospect. And there are experts for placekickers and punters, churning out carbon copy players to disperse to college and pro football.

But Patrick Murray, the Mahwah product, a former Don Bosco placekicker and punter, has taken an odd path to his place as a prospect. He started out at the University of Delaware and then found himself where he has flourished -- Fordham University. Along the way, his only coach has been someone who never saw a football game before arriving in America about 20 years ago.

The coach is his father, Aidan. While he had no experience with the National Football League, the elder Murray did know football, having excelled at Gaelic Football in his native Ireland.

"My two uncles and my father played Gaelic Football," Murray said. "It's the national sport of Ireland. I work with my dad and he's taught me everything I know. When he came over from Ireland he started watching American football. If he tried out for pro teams he could have made it. He still kicks 40-, 45-yard field goals like it's nothing and his punting is tremendous. He's 50 and he's still got a cannon for a leg.

"Gaelic Football is sort of a combination of rugby and soccer. I played it growing up and I think that's why I punt so well -- it's full-contact punting on the run. Now, for a guy who grew up in Europe to be able to kick like he does, to teach me all I know, he's a genius. When it comes to kicking, what he's always said, and I agree, the best way to teach is to do it yourself."

The teaching and the lessons have paid off for the younger Murray -- with another brother walking on as a kicker at Rutgers this year. …

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