Mississippi State football

Mississippi State defensive back Marcus Murphy celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Arkansas.

When Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead asked his players to write a letter last week explaining their motivations for why they play the game of football, safety Marcus Murphy didn’t even have to think.

There was no question in the West Point native’s mind.

Why does Murphy play football? What drives him on the field? Easy. He wrote he plays to honor the memory of his late mother, Demetrick, and his son, Mason, who is battling a rare genetic abnormality and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

“They’re my reason why I’m doing everything I’m doing today,” Murphy said after Saturday’s game at Arkansas.

It has been an incredibly trying several months for Murphy. He unexpectedly lost his mom back in January. That came on top of the news that Mason was dealing with health issues. The process to find Mason a bone marrow transplant match is still ongoing.

For more on Murphy's story, see Monday's Starkville Daily News.

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