Local athlete goes from the small screen to the gridiron

Updated 4 years ago From Press Release
Local athlete goes from the small screen to the gridiron

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — A local star of the small screen and gridiron will trade his life as a Dragon to become a Knight.


Dylan Joseph Murphy, a senior at Fairland High School, will sign with Urbana University at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Fairland.


Murphy visited schools including Ohio Dominican, Akron, Central Connecticut, Glenville State, Central Michigan and Southeastern Missouri but made his final decision when his fellow teammate and quarterback of more than 10 years decided to sign with Urbana.

“Chance Short and I have been working together toward the same goals on the grid iron since we played youth football,” Murphy said. “We made it to the OVC championship in our junior year, and despite a rough senior year riddled with injuries, I look forward to seeing what we can continue to accomplish together in the future.”

Local athlete goes from the small screen to the gridiron

Murphy is involved in the performance arts and received an additional scholarship for his Americas Greatest Feud,” which premiered to nearly five million viewers. It remains a mainstay in the History Channel/A&E/Lifetime Movie Network lineups.

“I think the coolest thing about appearing in ‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ was the family connection,” Murphy said. “My dad was the producer, and although I played a McCoy boy, my great-great-great uncle was actually Devil Anse Hatfield, the leader of the Hatfield Clan!”

Local athlete goes from the small screen to the gridiron
Photo Courtesy Joe Murphy/Trifecta

Murphy intends to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a Minor in Entrepreneurship management.

“I love the idea of serving my community and giving back,” he said. “I admire the police
officers and first responders that keep our area safe. I would like to find myself in a leadership role someday so that I could make a difference in my hometown. I like the flexibility that the academic program at Urbana offers. Maybe I’ll become a detective or join the FBI. Who knows — Special Agent Murphy has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”

Murphy attributes his success to 3 things: a community-based athletics program that has
remained like family to him from the first time he put on a pair of shoulder pads, his family’s support (especially that of his mother, Kari Ward, who made it to every practice for 13 years) and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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