Louis Murphy Jr. has come home, re-energized to start his sixth year in the league with the team he's always dreamed of playing for, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Since I was 5 years old," he said, when asked how long he's been waiting to play for the Bucs. "Just since the creamsicle orange days. Following through the Tony Dungy days and when Gruden won the championship. It's a dream come true."
Playing in the state of Florida has brought out the best in Louis Murphy. He was a standout high school athlete at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg. He went on to win two national championships with the Florida Gators.
While he's always envisioned playing for the Bucs, he did pass on the first opportunity, instead signing with the New York Giants last year. But he didn't pass this time when the phone rang.
"Kid in the candy store," said Murphy. "I can't explain it. Just being here and growing up a Bucs fan. How blessed and how thankful I am to be here."
Murphy isn't here to just finish off his career. While he wants to end his career in red and pewter, he first wants to make an impact with his hometown team, filling a big void. The Bucs are in search of a third receiver to play in the slot. Murphy feels he's the perfect fit.
"Play inside, play outside and stretch the field," said Murphy. "Wherever they put me, I think I can do well here."
Lovie Smith is liking what he seeing out of the Raiders' 2009 fourth-round pick.
"Louis has been here the entire time and hasn't missed anything," said Smith. "He's just made play after play."
After earning a state high school championship in track, two national titles at Florida, a perfect ending for Murphy would be to end his career with a Super Bowl title right here.
"Yeah, that would be an awesome way to finish it," he added. "There'd be no better dream to finish that way than winning a Super Bowl championship."
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