Rob Murphy's law

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

All season long, upcoming opponents have taken turns talking trash about B.C. Lions offensive tackle Rob Murphy.

Most guys check their thesaurus to look up the word 'dirty' and find a different way to say it.

Murphy hears it all and doesn't care.

The funny things is the second-year Lions left tackle has made his money in the NFL and has started his post-football career with a real estate business.

He doesn't need to work in Vancouver.

But he does it anyway.

"It's the love of the game," said 30-year-old, who played five seasons with four different NFL teams.

"I love competing. Playing tackle up here, I was mainly a guard and centre in the NFL, I love being on the island by myself.

"It's just true mano-a-mano. I just love going against a guy and trying to mash him every week.

"As far as starting and playing, I hadn't done it in the last couple of years in my NFL career.

"It's something I wanted to continue doing. I wanted to go out on a high note. I still have football left in me."

No offensive lineman in recent years has made the impact Murphy has had on the CFL since arriving before last season.

The Lions line was hurting and allowing their quarterbacks to become sitting ducks before Murphy and fellow import tackle Jason Jimenez arrived.

But being at left tackle, Murphy has become an important part of the Lions attack, mostly because he gets into the heads of his opponents.

Every defensive end he lines up against should be prepared for a 60-minute battle.

But after winning lineman of the year in 2006, Murphy was undecided on coming back for a second go-around, mostly because of his family.

It took a while but Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono locked him up for two seasons and make him forget about going back to the NFL.

"We had a great year in Vancouver and my original thought was getting back to the NFL," Murphy said. "Once I thought the teams that offered me contracts that I wasn't going to get a legitimate shot, coming back here was a better option.

"Once I convinced my wife it was a good deal, she was all for it. We bought a house up here so she was a little more comfortable."

So Murphy is spending most his days making sure opponents are uncomfortable.


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