Eddie Murray back in training camp helping Lions' young specialists

Posted Jul 29, 2013

The former Lions kicker is at camp to share what he learned over a 19-year career with some of the Lions current batch of young specialists

Eddie Murray is back in Lions training camp.

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The former Lions kicker isn't trying a career rebirth at the age of 56, but he is trying to share wisdom collected over a 19-year career with some of the Lions' current batch of young kickers.

He has been at training camp practice over the weekend working with the kickers and punters.

Murray is a board member on the Lions' Alumni Association and was talking with assistant director of pro personnel Charlie Sanders shortly after the team signed Havard Rugland -- who had never played football before -- and offered up his services to help Rugland and some of the team's other young specialists if the opportunity arose.

The Lions welcomed the help.

"It's just good to be back around the guys again and help out with Sam (Martin) and Blake (Clingan) also on punting and keep an eye out for them," Murray said Sunday. "It's just been great working with coach (John) Bonamego, who is a great addition to the staff."

Murray spent his first 12 seasons in Detroit and left as the team's all-time leader in scoring (a record since broken by Jason Hanson). He's working more with Rugland and the young punters than he is with 38-year-old veteran David Akers, but even Akers said it's always good to have another set of eyes out there to lend advice if needed.

"Look, a set of eyes that knows what they're looking at is always important," Akers said.

Murray now joins Jeff Backus as former Lions players lending their knowledge and expertise to the current crop of Lions. Backus helped out the offensive line during the offseason training program.

"I think it's a great opportunity to have him come in and talk to us and give us little hints on how he made it through such a successful career," Clingan said. "Even having David (Akers), I watched David growing up, but Murray has the same mindset as a guy like David, and I just feel honored in my first camp to have the opportunity to work with some guys like that."