Day 20: Randy Murff '97
CREDIT: Courtney A. Kjos
The biggest challenge of writing about offensive linemen is that there are no stats you can really use to gauge even a somewhat objective view of their value to the team.
But if you have to rely on topics like leadership, character and courage, the late Randy Murff is a pretty great subject to begin with.
On the field, Murff was a team leader as he was voted Second Team All Ivy honors his junior and senior seasons.
Off the field, Murff went from an extremely homesick young freshman to the man who encouraged his teammates with his upbeat manner. He was voted one of the team's captains for the great 1996 season.
After his senior season, Murff decided to dedicate himself to his country as he lost more than 100 pounds in a stunning six months in order to qualify for the Air Force. He wanted to be a fighter pilot, and nothing was going to stop him.
Murff's tragic death in service to his country, and the details surrounding his life at the time are best told by this fantastic story by the woman who would have been his wife.
May his memory serve as an inspiration to every football player and true patriot in this country.