There’s a new twist to the story about Auburn’s infamous cheap shots on Aaron Murray from the 2010 meeting between the two SEC enemies.
Let’s start from the beginning: Murray, the former UGA quarterback who still holds the SEC career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, briefly considered quitting football during his freshman season. The former Bulldogs quarterback talked about it at SEC Media Days to WJOX radio’s “3 Man Front,” via Saturday Down South.
It had to do with those infamous dirty hits on Murray by Auburn’s Nick Fairley (captured in the below video) in the showdown between the two archrivals.
“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 said.
“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.”
Here’s the new twist to that story, also from Murray, as told to WJOX: There was some brutal UGA payback on Fairley, which also went unreported at the time, courtesy of former Bulldogs offensive lineman Ben Jones:
“Ben Jones ripped the dreads off the middle linebacker’s head. … I’m in the huddle and have a fractured sternum (from Fairley’s hit), Ben hands me the dreads in the middle of the huddle. I’m like, ‘Ben, what do you want me to do with these?’ I have to call a play in like 10 seconds. So, he sticks them in his pants, and then, at his house in Athens, he attached it to the ceiling fan.”
It has been a busy summer for Murray, as he recently got married in Athens, Ga. What about Murray’s football career? He started for an Atlanta minor-league football team last season before the league folded.