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Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy featured as chapel speaker

Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy featured as chapel speaker

David Murphy, outfielder for the Texas Rangers, was the guest speaker at chapel Wednesday, Jan. 18. “One of the things we’ve tried to do with chapel is to bring in speakers who are living out their ministry in a variety of vocations,” Vice President for Student Life Byron Weathersbee said. Murphy is part of the “I Am Second” movement, which brings together actors, athletes, musicians, and everyday people who have made a commitment to live their lives for Christ. “I would not be here if it wasn’t for God,” Murphy said. “He gave me my talent, He gives me every opportunity—whether it be going to the big leagues, having my first major league hit and home run, to the point where I have now played in two World Series. I am not the most well-spoken person; I do not have a background in seminary. And yet I am being used by God for a purpose.”

Murphy, a native Texan from Houston, has been a professional baseball player since being picked up by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2003 draft. Just over two weeks after his major league debut, Murphy hit his first MLB home run against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium.

Less than a year later, Murphy was traded by Boston to the Texas Rangers. He has been with the team ever since. He has been a key player in both the 2010 and 2011 post seasons, which saw the Rangers reach the World Series for only the first and second times in franchise history.

“It would be great if everyone knew me as David Murphy, the All-Star, or David Murphy, the World Series Champion, but I’ve set my priorities straight,” Murphy said. “I’d love to be looked at as David Murphy, Man of God.”