Lee Murchison

Ola Lee Murchison (April 16, 1938 – June 13, 2017) was a wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the College of the Pacific.

Lee Murchison
No. 80
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1938-04-16)April 16, 1938
Died:June 13, 2017(2017-06-13) (aged 79)
Stockton, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Placer (CA)
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 6 / Pick: 70
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:14
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Murchison lived in a house without any electricity or running water. He attended Washington High School, before transferring to Placer High School. He practiced football, basketball and track. He also composed the school's alma mater song.[1]

He began playing organized football against his parents’ wishes as a sophomore. He played defensive end, receiving All-Northern California and All-sierra honors as a senior.[2] In basketball, he helped the team win the Kendall Arnett Memorial Tournament as a senior in 1955.[3]

In track, he competed in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and the high jump. As a senior, he won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section 100 and 220-yard dashes and placed seventh in the California Interscholastic Federation state meet in the 100.[4]

Murchison accepted a football scholarship from the College of the Pacific. He was a two-way player at offensive end and linebacker. During his college career he suffered injuries in both of his knees. He also practiced track.[4]

In 2013, he was inducted into the African American Athletes Hall of Fame of Stockton.[5]

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Murchison was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (70th overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft. He was waived on September 4, 1961.[6]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 7, 1961, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys, where he was a backup wide receiver.[7] He was released before the start of the 1962 season, because he suffered chronic knee problems.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

After football, he was a music teacher at Hamilton Middle School and later became an administrator. In 1999, he retired as Franklin High School's principal. He earned a real estate license and had his own business in Stockton. He composed the Foresthill High School hymn "Stand up for Foresthill High".[9]

Murchison owned a restaurant (Starlight Café), was a reserve police officer for the Stockton Police Department and had a pilot license.[4] On June 13, 2017, he died after falling and undergoing surgery to repair an hematoma injury on his brain.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Foresthill Raised and Local Sports Notable Ola Murchison dead at 79". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Placer Athletic Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Gus Thomson (December 27, 2008). "Arnett hoops tourney starts Monday at Placer High School". Auburn Journal.
  4. ^ a b c Mike Ray (April 23, 2015). "Placer High Athletic Hall of Fame: Ola Lee Murchison, a man of many talents". Auburn Journal.
  5. ^ "Longtime friends enter hall together". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Forty Niners Cut Four Linemen". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Gus Thomson (April 22, 2016). "Media Life: Auburn's Top 5 All-Time Sports Stars". Auburn Journal.
  9. ^ "Educator, former football player demanded excellence". Retrieved February 16, 2019.