Aaron Murray focused on his father as Bulldogs put South Carolina behind them

Aaron Murray poses with his family, including his father Dennis (L) following graduation last fall. (Murray family photo)

Aaron Murray poses with his family, including his father Dennis (L) following graduation last fall. (Murray family photo)

ATHENS – When Aaron Murray tweeted Sunday, “probably the worst 12 hours of my life,” he wasn’t just talking about Saturday night’s 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

Murray found out that his father, Denny Murray, had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. “Papa Murray,” as Aaron referred to him in another tweet, underwent surgery today at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. The family reports that it went well and he is recovering.

Apparently Denny Murray had been diagnosed “a few weeks ago,” but the parents told Aaron only on Sunday. Aaron Murray and his brother drove to Tampa yesterday.

The distressing news followed a depressing Saturday night for Murray and his roommate, linebacker Christian Robinson. As revealed in a tweet from Robinson, they returned from the team’s trip to Columbia to find their rented home in Athens egged and rolled with toilet paper. “Seems that people turn on you when you’re not perfect. Thought we were in this together,” Robinson wrote.

Word is good Samaritans later cleaned up the mess.

So there’s a lot more on Murray’s mind today than the Bulldogs’ poor showing in Columbia. Please keep that in mind going forward.

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Fan-attic

October 8th, 2012
10:17 am

Hope PaPa Murray has a fast and complete recovery. There are many things more important than football, as great as it is!

hirejongruden

October 8th, 2012
10:21 am

If Governments can be overthrown with social media, so can the Mark Richt Regime. Stop buying tickets, start buying picket signs. See you at the game in 2 weeks! I will be on the corner of Broad and College with the “Fire Mark Richt” sign. Anyone care to join me?

Abby

October 8th, 2012
10:21 am

Real classy, Nhgamecock. No one expected anything else, but geez.

hirejongruden

October 8th, 2012
10:21 am

Governments can be overthrown with social media, and so can the Mark Richt Regime. Stop buying tickets, start buying picket signs. See you at the game in 2 weeks! I will be on the corner of Broad and College with the “Fire Mark Richt” sign. Anyone care to join me?

Abby

October 8th, 2012
10:21 am

Real classy, Nhgamecock. No one expected anything more from your kind, but geez.

Don

October 8th, 2012
10:22 am

Bama fan here,will be hoping for the best for the family.My mom had thyroid cancer almost 25 years ago and is still with us.They say if you have to have cancer this is one of the most treatable.Everyone say a prayer!

Michael

October 8th, 2012
10:23 am

Dear Hire, you completely missed the point or else you are one heartless person. Prayers to Papa Murray and the Murray family.

hirejongruden

October 8th, 2012
10:27 am

Michael, I did not miss the point, this is just another chance to voice an opinion. Looks like it is working! FIRE MARK RICHT.

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 8th, 2012
10:30 am

I feel bad for AM today because I have had too many loved ones fall prey to cancer. A lot of good Dawg fans will be keeping your family in our prayers. And yes, sometimes there’s much more to life than wins and losses. Also glad to hear that some good folks in Athens cleaned up the mess. With that being said, I really wish CMR would show a little emotion sometimes and stick up for his own players rather than just saying “be strong and turn the other cheek”! Wish he would call for an appology if nothing else. Heck, he made Grantham apologize th James Franklin last year after the Vandy debacle. I don’t comment very much on here but I’m getting a little tired of seeing my coach stand on the sidelines looking like he took 5 valiums before the game. Its past time to see a little steam and fire coming from the top of his head!. I’ve said it all weekend, I’m tired of UGA being the “sleeping giant”! There in too much potential at UGA for us to have to watch what happens every year.

Rick

October 8th, 2012
10:31 am

I can’t figure out why folks that have all the answers don’t go into coaching. Could it be they know it all after the fact like the rest of us. Get off the the armchair quarterbacking and be a fan through the thick and thin.

hirejongruden

October 8th, 2012
10:31 am

The small contingency of Mark Richt fans left hold religion higher than football. It is their only defense left “He is a good christian man”. For Jon Gruden, football is his religion.
The truth is, religion and football have nothing to do with each other…

JP

October 8th, 2012
10:33 am

Nhgamecock – Name speaks for itself. Comments like this come from people that still live off there parents and havent ever played a day of ball in their life ( Pattern generally runs in the family ). Get a life looser.
Hirejongruden- Yeah hire him he did such a good job at Tampa. Thats why he aint there anymore. And if you can get someone to look up former UGA coaches or any NCAA coaches for that matter – check their records against Marks. You may have to take your shoes off to count that high but maybe you can. And Good luck standing on the corner- once again like the gamecock above patterns run in your family too !!!

Iloveuga

October 8th, 2012
10:34 am

So typical.
Prayers to the Murray family.

JP

October 8th, 2012
10:35 am

DawgJohn

October 8th, 2012
10:35 am

There are some lame comments coming in. Get a life folks and for you Carolina fans………Act like you have won something before…………

German Shepherd Dawg

October 8th, 2012
10:37 am

Nhgamecock, yes. Murray’s father having cancer surgery is news either way. It would have been spun differently, for sure.

Hirejongruden, no. I’m not with you.

mark

October 8th, 2012
10:39 am

To the gutless cowards who hide behind a keyboard, NONE of you are qualified to pass judgement on Aaron Murray. The kid was hammered all night, none of you have ever played a down of QB. What the hell makes you think Gruden could win a N.C. ? You are a moron.

mark

October 8th, 2012
10:41 am

You need a good arse kicking too.l

True Dawg Fan

October 8th, 2012
10:44 am

Come on – Fire Mark Richt – Really ? I don’t know what’s the matter with all you half wits. He is a great coach and a good man. UGA is in the SEC – not the ACC. If you’ve looked around this is the toughest conference in the country. Yes – they were definitely outplayed in every way Saturday. Get Real – this happens in life. I’m sick and tired of all these so called fans around Atlanta – everyone loves a winner – but god help you if you lose. How many “true” fans are really out there in Atlanta ? You bunch of crybabies fins some other team you like – LSU, GT, FSU, Braves, Falcons – get real – good teams lose sometimes.

astrouga

October 8th, 2012
10:46 am

Sorry for the bad news. Hope for the best for Aaron and his family.

But, these sorts of personal issues need to stay out of the “sports” news. Everyone has a family and we all have these sorts of issues. Sick of the tweets from football players. What do they expect us do say? Play football for goodness sakes. I am sure for most UGA fans, this sounds like an excuse, or a future excuse for another poor performance. UGA fans are tired of excuses. No excuse for not beating USC. Vandy almost did it for goodness sakes! Did everyone else forget about that game?

I am a big Murray fan. Not blaming him for USC performance. It was the coaching staff that lost this one for us. I have always supported Richt and the gang, but they just didn’t care about the game like Spurrier did. And clearly, based on his comments after game, he just doesn’t get how frustrated the fans are. I am beginning to think Richt is best suited as an assistant coach and just not cut out to be the coach at a big program like UGA.

Rhettt

October 8th, 2012
10:46 am

God Speed to your entire family. Medical conditions can put priorities in perspective. My
brother-in-law, nephew, son and daughter-in-law all graduated from Georgia Tech. But having gone through some serious medical situations, our family has priorities in order. Sports are fun but life is real.

dawggirl

October 8th, 2012
10:47 am

Sigh. Prayers to AM and his family. What a horrible thing to go through. Glad to hear of the good samaritans. This is not the blog for coaching changes or classless comments. Think before you type.

mark

October 8th, 2012
10:48 am

DO show up with your stupid sign.

Worm

October 8th, 2012
10:49 am

Godspeed Mr. Murray..Stay strong Aaron!

astrouga

October 8th, 2012
10:49 am

RE: Jefferson Davis Hogg

All good points. Agree with you. However, if UGA is a sleeping giant, I have never seen them wake up, except for Vandy at home this year.

Litesingr

October 8th, 2012
10:50 am

Thoughts and positive energy to the Murray family. The SEC is a strong conference and we should stand by our teams and their families. Leave the trash talk and petty remarks for gameday. It is not going to be an easy journey, but hoping that the Murray family finds strength in their faith and in each other. Aaron, this Gamecock fan is pulling for you and your family.

Gamecockman

October 8th, 2012
10:52 am

I feel for AM. His once great offense gets dismantled by my gamecocks, his dad has cancer (here’s a prayer for papa Murray) and then these so called UGA “fans” egg his house. Come on people have some respect. UGA fans need to stop being so focused on instant gratification.

Shooter

October 8th, 2012
10:52 am

Only a matter of time before the NCAA Gestapo shows up to demand reimbursement for the cleanup benefits.

Bo Dog

October 8th, 2012
10:53 am

True Dog, ENOUGH with the “he’s good man” – “a good Christian, etc” In the words of Michael Corleone: It’s nothing personal, it’s strictly business. It’s time for a change… this result happens again and again and again… GA teams almost never prepared for important, highly ranked teams… year in, year out.

PowerT

October 8th, 2012
10:53 am

VolNation sending one up for Mr Murray, Get well soon,

Columbus Dawg

October 8th, 2012
10:54 am

So sorry to hear about your dad Aaron, I lost my dad to cancer so I know where you are right now. Your father and your whole family will be in my family’s prayers, and will be praying hard for a full recovery.

Doogie

October 8th, 2012
10:54 am

Unreal. He’s in a college town and college kids get drunk and do stupid things. Unfortunate.

Fair assessment of Saturday night here.
http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

old dog

October 8th, 2012
10:55 am

Mark,
As I said in other posts AND prior to the season (so I AIN’T ARM-CHAIR QUARTERBACKING) that our o-line would get exposed against the good teams. We beat up on the patsies, but S.C. showed us our o-line is not a top tier SEC line….period. S.C beat our butts in the trenches, and would do it again last week. Until we address the o-line, we will stay second-tier!

Rick James

October 8th, 2012
10:56 am

You’re in my prayers Mr.Murray..

Columbus Dawg

October 8th, 2012
10:57 am

Hey mark, what are you going to do if he does show up with his sign? Idiot. It is time for Mark Richt to go, period..

Uncle Kirk

October 8th, 2012
11:01 am

Hirejongruden

If you are standing with a sign in 2 weeks then I will assume you will be safe in Lexington. If you do it in 4 weeks in Athens after we whoop up on UF…..you may be in for an arse whooping

Pat

October 8th, 2012
11:02 am

People that think Jon Gruden would actually coach in college football have no idea what they’re talking about. At. All.

Columbus Dawg

October 8th, 2012
11:03 am

The DL is not a top tier D line either. There are serviceable skill players, but more years than not Georgia gets beat in the trenches by every good team they play. Richt also decided to sweep the special teams problems under the rug as well. Time for change.

Tndawgsfan

October 8th, 2012
11:03 am

Webmaster, for the sake of Aaron Murray and his family, please shut this blog down!

Kendell Jones

October 8th, 2012
11:06 am

Well, well, well, we can take it as long as we are winning, but when we lose we are no longer for the coach. If they are getting rid of anyone, it should be Bobo. He is the one calling the plays. What I could not understand, he would call a running play,, and would lose yardage, and then turn around and call another running play, That is idiocy. When something is not working, you try something ellse.

bruce mac

October 8th, 2012
11:06 am

You are never as good as you look at times or as bad. Dawgs will be back. It is great to be a gator hater. Great game USC, you looked awesome which means LSU will take you to the wood shed IMO.

Frank Lane

October 8th, 2012
11:07 am

In retrospect, I have found that waiting for a diagnosis is more nerve wracking that deal with the diagnosis. I survived cancer 21 years ago and both my ex-wife, current girl friend and three business partners have died from cancer. When you find out it is a wake up call for sure, but I think Aaron would have performed differently knowing than dreading.

schmeckdawg

October 8th, 2012
11:08 am

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 8th, 2012
10:30 am
I feel bad for AM today because I have had too many loved ones fall prey to cancer. A lot of good Dawg fans will be keeping your family in our prayers. And yes, sometimes there’s much more to life than wins and losses. Also glad to hear that some good folks in Athens cleaned up the mess. With that being said, I really wish CMR would show a little emotion sometimes and stick up for his own players rather than just saying “be strong and turn the other cheek”! Wish he would call for an appology if nothing else. Heck, he made Grantham apologize th James Franklin last year after the Vandy debacle. I don’t comment very much on here but I’m getting a little tired of seeing my coach stand on the sidelines looking like he took 5 valiums before the game. Its past time to see a little steam and fire coming from the top of his head!. I’ve said it all weekend, I’m tired of UGA being the “sleeping giant”! There in too much potential at UGA for us to have to watch what happens every year.

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AMEN!!!!!!!!!! Agreed 1,000%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

schmeckdawg

October 8th, 2012
11:10 am

Frank Lane

October 8th, 2012
11:07 am
In retrospect, I have found that waiting for a diagnosis is more nerve wracking that deal with the diagnosis. I survived cancer 21 years ago and both my ex-wife, current girl friend and three business partners have died from cancer. When you find out it is a wake up call for sure, but I think Aaron would have performed differently knowing than dreading.
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Glad you are doing well and I am so sorry for your losses. I lost my mother to this horrible disease, so believe me, I know your pain!!!!!!

Columbus Dawg

October 8th, 2012
11:13 am

Uncle Kirk, that’s some big talk from behind a keyboard. So what do you think a win over Florida is going to do for Georgia at this point? Florida ain’t all that, LSU just sucks. Not that Georgia could beat them, but it is not struggling teams that UGA has to beat to compete for championships, but the BEST teams. Richt has just not been able to get that done. There have only been a few years out of his twelve year tenure that the OL was not suspect. I remember in 2003 that David Greene was sacked something like forty seven times.

schmeckdawg

October 8th, 2012
11:14 am

old dog

October 8th, 2012
10:55 am
Mark,
As I said in other posts AND prior to the season (so I AIN’T ARM-CHAIR QUARTERBACKING) that our o-line would get exposed against the good teams. We beat up on the patsies, but S.C. showed us our o-line is not a top tier SEC line….period. S.C beat our butts in the trenches, and would do it again last week. Until we address the o-line, we will stay second-tier!
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Absolutely NO ARGUMENT here!!!!!!!!! It all starts up front on both sides of the ball. And what has happened to our defense? It looks like Grantham’s first year all over again!!!!!!!!!

@UGA-tatecenter

October 8th, 2012
11:16 am

This man’s life is extreme chaos and all you jack legs can complain about is Mark Richt and his principles and how we lost all because of him. If this country had more people like Mark leading it, we wouldnt be in the mess we are in right now either.

bruce mac

October 8th, 2012
11:20 am

“What does a Florida win mean at this point?” A Florida whopping is always a great thing to any real Dawg fan, period! Three in a row is a winning streak, just ask the Ole Ball Coach.

JRW7

October 8th, 2012
11:21 am

AM, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I pray for your father’s recovery.

Praying for you Aaron and your family

October 8th, 2012
11:25 am

Praying for your Dad Aaron!