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NC State Football

Larrell Murchison Community Funday A Hit For Hometown

July 12, 2021

Elizabethtown, North Carolina is like many other Eastern NC towns – a small, tight-knit community who most might not think twice about if they drive through it while on a trip. As the county seat for Bladen County, it has a little more than other towns and communities in the area, but not much. While it might not be considered a destination spot, you could never tell by the friendliness and character of the people who call it home.

The community has a strong sense of pride in who they are. One thing that “E-Town” does have that the majority of those Eastern NC towns can’t claim is an NFL player who calls it home.

Larrell Murchison, a graduate of East Bladen High School, has not forgotten his roots.

His football talents took him to Louisburg Junior College where he earned NJCAA junior-college honorable mention All-American honors. He then transferred to NC State University where after sitting out a redshirt year he started 25 games in two years for the Wolfpack and earned second-team All-ACC honors.

He was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and turned heads with his efforts during bowl-week practices and play. The Tennessee Titans took notice and drafted Murchison in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Now with his rookie season behind him, Murchison has decided it was time to return home and give back to the community that helped raise him.

On Saturday, July 10th, Murchison hosted a Community Funday at Elizabethtown Middle School.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., boys and girls of all ages in the Elizabethtown community were treated to free events, contests, food and drinks, and even some water slides to help keep cool in the heat.

Perhaps the best events to witness were the football-centered activities that were patterned after combine drills. Kids were running cone drills, sprints, and spacing drills as if Dantonio Burnette had hijacked the plans for the day.

Not only did Murchison have family and friends helping to run the event, but he also had a few special friends in town to help out as well.  Four other NFL stars were in attendance to assist and provide encouragement to the kids with their efforts in the drills.

Joining Murchison was former NC State defensive line star and recent third round pick Alim McNeill. Other NFL stars included fellow Tennessee Titan Teair Tart, Kobe Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and D.J. Wonnum of the Minnesota Vikings. Current NC State offensive lineman Derrick Eason was also in attendance to help his former teammate and friend give back to the community.

The day wrapped up with another former NC State teammate of Murchison’s helping out.

Joshua Fedd-Jackson helped to orchestrate a Tik Tok dance competition and even got Murchison to show off his singing talents. Afterwards, the players were available for pictures and autographs with fans. All of this was done in 90+ degrees weather, mind you. But no matter how hot it was, the heat could not melt the smiles from the hundreds of children and adults who showed up and participated in this special event.


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