Earlier this month Dallas Cowboys' fans were reminded of the business side of football when DeMarco Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
For the most part fans understand that players have a very limited window to make as much money as they can. They put their health and lives on the line every second they are on the football field and their income stream can end at any second. Even the ones that understand the business side of the game, couldn't quite stomach Murray going to the Cowboys' biggest rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Their hatred of the Eagles was on display Saturday night as the Ultimate Fighting Championship was in Dallas for a live pay per view event. Murray was seated in the front row with former Cowboy, Miles Austin. During a brief intermission Murray was shown on the video board and the arena erupted with boos followed by a chant of Eagles $@%^, you're familiar with this chant if you've ever been to a Cowboys home game against Philly.
It would have been easy for Murray to have taken this public shaming and turn his cheek to the fans that have supported him the last four years. Instead, he took it as an opportunity to let the fans know he appreciated their support during his time here. This billboard showed up yesterday in downtown Dallas with this simple message "THANK YOU DALLAS!"
Doubtful this will keep the boos from raining down when Murray vists AT&T Stadium this season, but it was a classy gesture from a player that called Dallas home for four years.