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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, like millions of others in Texas last week, dealt with water and power issues when the massive winter storm hit the state.
Yet Murray, a Dallas-area native, wasn’t concerned with his safety during the storm even as his power kept flickering out and his water wouldn’t heat up at his home.
Instead, he donated 60,000 meals to the North Texas Food Bank, he told the Arizona Republic on Thursday.
“I know, not thinking about myself, there’s way more people that didn’t have food, don’t have the money to go get groceries,” Murray said, via the Arizona Republic.
“They didn’t have power, they didn’t have water at all. So for me, it was being blessed and having the ability to give back — it was a no-brainer for me … I was just trying to give back and make sure people were safe.”
Murray: ‘I don’t wish that on anybody’
Murray still felt the full impact of the storm — something that wiped out power and water for much of Texas for days.
"I don't wish that on anybody," he said, via the Arizona Republic. "It's OK during the morning time, or when it's sunny outside. But once it gets dark, and you don't have any power, it's just a dark feeling, man.
"It helped out [being] with my family. But even then, you're just kind of stuck out in the cold, freezing temperatures and snowing outside, but can't go anywhere. So it's a tough situation."
Murray was one of several athletes who jumped at the chance to help out during the storm, joining Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Houston Rockets star John Wall and others.
Murray, 23, racked up 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns with the Cardinals last season, his second with the team after Arizona took him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. While he has plenty of athletic accolades that stick out to him, he said being able to help out those in need like he did last week is right up there at the top.
"It means the world being able to give back," Murray said, via the Arizona Republic.. "It's really bigger than anything that I could do. Obviously, sports is my thing, football is my thing, but I think I have a bigger purpose."
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