Mark Murphy was born on July 13, 1955, in Fulton, New York. Murphy attended Clarence High School in Clarence, New York before going to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Murphy had two interceptions for the Raiders in 1976 before he signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1977.
Murphy played with the Redskins for eight seasons and played in 109 games, starting 74 of them at safety. Murphy’s best year was in 1983, the year after the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, as he was named first-team All-Pro and also went to the Pro Bowl.
No. 29 had nine interceptions that year and had 27 of them in his career. Murphy also had six fumble recoveries and two sacks in his career. Murphy was also the player representative for the Redskins.
After his playing days in the NFL ended, Murphy, who had obtained an MBA degree from American University, as well as a JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, became the athletic director for Colgate from 1992 through 2003. At that point, Murphy became the athletic director at Northwestern until 2007. In 2007, Murphy became the President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, which is a position he still holds currently. The Packers are considered one of the very best professional sports franchises in all of sports under the leadership of Murphy. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2011 and Murphy was the first one presented with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Murphy and his wife Laura have four children: Katie, Emily, Brian, and Anna. Mark and Laura are active supporters of the foster-care services in Brown County and have had the pleasure of serving as foster parents in the community.
Away from work, Murphy enjoys playing golf, fishing, and participating in various forms of exercise, including bicycling, cross-country skiing and jogging.
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