Trent Murphy’s dad heckled him for only working out two hours on draft day


(Tony Avelar, AP)

In the coming months, you will read a lot about Redskins second-round draft pick Trent Murphy, and his father, and weightlifting, and also about steer. Even if you work in a non-livestock profession.

The theme of many of these stories has already been established by SI’s profile of the new Redskins linebacker from his final college football season. As in this passage:

When Trent was young, [his father] Jerry, a plumbing contractor, moved his family to a large lot in the Lehi area of Mesa, Ariz. A recreational bodybuilder — Jerry says he can still bench press 225 pounds 25 times — he installed a 1,200-square foot weight room behind the house. His six children began working out when they were as young as four years old.

Jerry’s lessons in toughness extended beyond weight training. He also emphasized self-defense. Trent recalls a day when he was outside in the yard after a workout and his father took off his shirt and tossed him a stick. “Pretend that stick’s a knife,” Jerry told him. “Try to stab me.” When Trent did as he was told, Jerry immediately wrapped his shirt around the stick and snatched it out of Trent’s hand.

“I teach my kids to take care of themselves,” said Jerry. “[Trent is] not going to stand there and be your b—-. Be a gentlemen, open doors for women, but when s— hits the fan, he wants to whip you.”

And the father continues to guide the son, even as his NFL career begins.

“I could talk for days about it,” Trent Murphy said on ESPN 980 on Friday night, not long after the Redskins picked him. “The last two days alone my dad’s been trying to throw me into the weight room and tell me how important the next couple of months are in preparing and how I shouldn’t be watching TV, I should be in there working out. I mean, I literally woke up at 6 a.m. [Thursday] and went and did a two-hour workout and then I came home and he was like: ‘What are you doing? You need to be working out again.’

“My dad, he’s so tough,” Murphy continued. “He’s [in his 50s] and to this day can bench press 275 for 10 reps. He kind of instills toughness in our family. And so between hard work and the toughness that he’s raised us with … that definitely is kind of my bread and butter.”

As for the wrestling steer thing, Scott highlighted a few stories about it over the weekend, but you can never get too many steer stories.

“We moved when I was in grade school,” Murphy told Chris Cooley on Friday. “We needed a little bigger property because he was running his plumbing construction company out of our back yard. So we went to an area that had a little more land in their yards. And we bought a horse, and it turned into six horses, and the next thing you knew we got into team roping and we’re roping steer. And one thing led to another, and then we were trying to wrestle these 600-, 700-pound steers.

“And I think wrestling steer doesn’t exactly translate into pass rushing,” Murphy said. “But the mentality you have to have throwing yourself at 700 pounds of horns definitely translates into the game of football. And staring into another man, eye to eye, and having to kind of impose your will. And so as far as that, it definitely has helped me kind of grow up and learn and apply that to the football field.”

(Thanks to @recordsANDradio)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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