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December 13, 2013
Murray looking ahead
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Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray met with the media for the first time since undergoing surgery for his torn ACL and swore he has absolutely no regrets.
"None whatsoever," said Murray, who chose to come back to Athens for one more season instead of leaving early for the NFL.
"I love Georgia, I really thoroughly love this place," he continued. "I knew I loved Georgia when I committed with the coaches, the campus, the tradition but just being here for five years it's engraved itself deep in my heart now and I know I'll be a Bulldog forever."
He leaves quite the legacy behind.
Murray completed his Bulldog career as the SEC leader in passing yards [13,166], touchdown passes (121), total offense (13,562 yards) and completions (921). He is also the first quarterback in conference history to pass for 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
Friday, Murray's eyes were focused squarely on the future and the rehab which he hopes to have completed by the time Georgia holds its' Pro Day in April. The NFL Draft is slated for May 8-10 in New York City.
"I've always been a guy that figures out what's wrong, what needs to be corrected, and gets after it. Obviously I got in the locker room and was pretty emotional when the doctors told me. I got a little emotional, my parents came in there, my coaches came in there, and pretty much 20 or 30 minutes later we were sitting there and I said 'alright, what's the next step,'" he recalled. "We were at the hospital until one o'clock in the morning, came back to the Butts-Mehre building, talked to Ron (Courson, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine) for a while, came back in the morning and we scheduled surgery for two days later. I felt sorry for myself for about 20-30 minutes at the stadium and then it's on to the next thing to get better."
Murray confirmed that the injury occurred during his 28-yard run against Kentucky, although he took 13 more reps before he came out of the game.
"I felt and heard the pop. I could walk and do certain movements on it so I thought I was just going to stick it out as long as I could," said Murray, who field a get-well phone call from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "Luckily there was no other ligament damage; it was just an isolated ACL, that's why I was able to have surgery pretty fast. I probably should have come out just to be careful but you're going to have to drag me out of there before I come out."
Murray will continue to rehab in Athens, where he hopes to prove to teams that he's healthy enough to take part in Georgia' Pro Day.
Before his injury, Murray had equaled David Green's school record of 52 consecutive starts.
"I've never been a part of a season where we had this many injuries in one season, especially to so many key players. Even at the beginning of the year Malcolm Mitchell tears his ACL celebrating a touchdown for goodness sakes, that's just how our season went," he said. "It's been a crazy season with all the injuries, Hail Mary's, every game pretty much going down to the last quarter. It's been a fun season, every game has been fun; we've had some huge wins, some of the biggest wins I've been a part of since I've been here in South Carolina and LSU. Overall it's been a fun season and I've enjoyed it. People always ask do I regret not leaving last year and I have absolutely no regrets. I feel like I have personally improved this year as a player and it's been fun being with my teammates and my coaches."