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September 13, 2013

Cowboys' DeMarco Murray raises more than $100,000 for rebuilding efforts in Moore, Okla.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said he is close to being able to present a check for more than $100,000 for tornado relief in Moore, Okla.

He may not be able to do it in person because of the demands of football season, but he is glad he got a chance to do it, he said.

“I’m very blessed and fortunate to play this game and get paid for it,” he said Friday at Valley Ranch. “Whatever I can give back, a little or a lot, I feel a need to do it. I consider that my home, and I know a lot of people were affected by it. So I’m just trying to help out as much as I can.”

Murray, a Las Vegas native who played college football at Oklahoma University, donated $50,000, and Las Vegas promoter Lorenzo Fertitta matched it. Murray also promised game-worn cleats to the Twitter follower who donated the most money. Cowboys receiver Miles Austin also donated, he said.

“They did their job. They helped out a lot. We raised a lot of money,” Murray said.

Murray worked with JourneyChurch, located between Norman and Moore, which Murray said took in people after the tornados in May.

“That’s the church I attended Sundays,” Murray said. “And they did as much as they can. I’m sponsored by Pepsi and Adidas, so they were able to send a bunch of Pepsi and all that stuff, and Adidas sent a bunch of clothes, shoes and whatever they can do. So it was all a good deal.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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