Mark Murphy (safety, born 1955)

Mark Hodge Murphy (born July 13, 1955) is the current president and chief executive officer for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Prior to that, he was the athletic director at Northwestern University and Colgate University. He also enjoyed a successful playing career in the NFL as a safety for the NFL's Washington Redskins for eight seasons from 1977 to 1984.

Mark Murphy
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Murphy (left) playing for the Redskins in Super Bowl XVII
Green Bay Packers
Personal information
Born:July 13, 1955 (age 63)
Fulton, New York
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Clarence (NY)
Career history
As player:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:109
INT return yards:282
Player stats at

Early years and education

Murphy was born in Fulton, New York.[1] He attended Colgate University, where he was also a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and played college football. Before his NFL career ended and while playing for the Redskins he obtained an MBA from American University's Kogod School of Business in 1983. Murphy graduated with a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1988.[1]

Professional career

1986 Jeno's Pizza - 09 - Mark Murphy (cropped)
Murphy (middle) tackling an opponent in Super Bowl XVII

Murphy played in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XVIII with the Washington Redskins. He played a key role in the Redskins 27–17 Super Bowl XVII win over the Miami Dolphins, recording a second half interception of Miami quarterback David Woodley's pass with the Dolphins on Washington's 37-yard line.

Murphy's best season was in 1983, when he led the NFL with nine interceptions and returned them for 127 yards. He finished his eight-season career with 27 interceptions and 282 return yards, along with six fumble recoveries for 22 returns yards, in 109 games. He also made the Pro Bowl after the 1983 season.

Murphy was the Redskins representative to the NFL Players Association. He served on the bargaining committee in the players' strike that caused the cancellation of seven games during the 1982 season.[1] Many suspect that the Redskins' decision to release him after the 1983 season and the reluctance of any other team to sign him was retribution for his union activity.[2]

Sports executive

Murphy moved back to Hamilton, New York, to become the athletic director at Colgate University in the early 1990s until 2003. Later, Murphy moved to Evanston, Illinois to serve as the athletic director at Northwestern University. On December 3, 2007, he was announced as the new Green Bay Packers President and CEO.[3] On February 6, 2011, Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV, giving Murphy his second Super Bowl victory.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Mark Murphy". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Clayton, John (March 28, 2010). "Packers' Murphy comes full circle". ESPN.
  3. ^ "Mark H. Murphy Named Green Bay Packers President And CEO". Green Bay Packers. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  4. ^ "Mark Murphy '77 Wins Second Super Bowl Trophy". Colgate University. February 7, 2011.

External links

Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. PCA achieves its goals primarily by providing training workshops to coaches, parents, and administrators of schools and youth sports organizations in the United States. Founded in 1998, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 workshops for more than 1,700 schools and youth sports organizations, affecting more than 4.5 million youth and high school athletes. PCA Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Thompson launched PCA in 1998 within the Stanford University Athletic Department after seeing a "win-at-all-cost" mentality in youth sports while coaching his son's baseball team. Positive Coaching Alliance was created with the mission to "transform youth sports so sports can transform youth." Its mission statement has since been modified to "Better Athletes, Better People."

Thompson, who served more than ten years as the Director of Public and Global Management Programs at Stanford University, in 2004 was recognized as an Ashoka: Innovators for the Public fellow for outstanding social entrepreneurship. He has authored eight books on coaching: Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor (2011), The Power of Double-Goal Coaching (2010), The High School Sports Parent (2010), Positive Sports Parenting (2009), Positive Coaching in a Nutshell (2007), The Double Goal Coach (2003), Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership (1998), and Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports (1995).

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