Vikings running back Latavius Murray has a nose for the end zone

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After he changed out of his uniform, Vikings running back Latavius Murray put on a shirt that said “Tay Train” on the left sleeve.

His nickname.

It’s a nickname he has had awhile, since high school.

He wants people to know that — that it’s not something he suddenly started calling himself.

“A lot of people think I’m just going out there and tooting Tay Train. It goes back a long time,” Murray said, adding it dates to his days at Onondaga Central High School in Onondaga, N.Y.

His recollection is that the public address announcer at Onondaga Central tagged him with the nickname when he was a sophomore.

“He did it when I scored,” Murray said. “Which was often.”

It’s been often in the NFL, too.

Murray had 12 touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders in 2016 and has four with the Vikings — all in the past four games.

“It’s strength of mind, having a nose for the end zone,” Murray said, explaining his 16 touchdowns since the start of last season.

In the win over the Rams, Murray didn’t hesitate when asked why he ran for 95 yards and those two scores.

“The O-line,” he said. “I’ve got to really give them credit. No sacks. No turnovers. It starts with them. They gave us holes to run through, gave Case (Keenum) time to throw the ball.”

And, of course, gave Murray the chance to live up to that nickname.

Source: Twin Cities | Bob Sansevere | November 19, 2017