“The NFL’s leading rusher who is having a historic start to the season helped spread the love Wednesday in the Dallas Cowboys locker room,” Brandon George reports for The Dallas Morning News.
“Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray bought new iMac desktop computers for each of the five starting offensive linemen and had them delivered to their lockers at Valley Ranch on Wednesday,” George reports. “Murray leads the NFL with 913 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 187 carries through the first seven games. Murray has rushed for 100 or more yards in each of the Cowboys’ first seven games, breaking Jim Brown’s 1958 NFL record of six straight 100-yard games to begin the season.”
“Murray went all-out on the iMacs,” George reports. “They were 21.5-inch screens and 8GB memory. The retail price for one at Best Buy is $1,299.99.”
MacDailyNews Take: No, he didn’t go “all-out.” Only a Windows PC sufferer would see that sticker price and think that. Go look at the Apple website for 5 seconds before you report something, lest you look like a dunce. If that’s “going all out,” we’d hate to see what “holding back” looks like. (Dell. smirk.) Still, it is a nice gesture and an excellent choice of computer, that’s for sure.
“‘It’s pretty nice. It was pretty cool,’ Cowboys starting rookie right guard Zack Martin said. ‘I don’t have a desktop, so it’ll look pretty good in my apartment.’ Martin said he’s a Mac guy and not a PC guy. ‘I’m Mac all the way,’ Martin said. Someone from the media said, ‘Once you go Mac.’ And Martin responded, ‘You can’t go back,’ drawing a round of laughs. Starting left guard Ron Leary appreciated the new iMac. ‘We appreciate it, but DeMarco deserves all the credit,’ Leary said. ‘That just shows how much respect he has for us and how much he appreciates us doing our job for him. It’s a great gift.’ Leary was asked if he was a Mac or PC guy before. ‘I’ll take whatever I can get,’ Leary said. ‘If it’s free, I’ll take it.’ Leary was then asked if he already had an iMac. ‘I can’t afford that,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh, how much is Jerry Jones (not) paying you that you “can’t afford a Mac?” That someone even thinks that, much less says it aloud, in 2014 is proof that it takes many years to obliterate certain reputations.
BTW, we did some research: This year, the average salary of an NFL offensive lineman, any position, is $1,267,402. In December 2012, guard Ronald Leary signed a three-year, $1.44 million contract and is making $495,000 this year. In June, Zack Martin signed a four-year, $8.967 million contract which also included a tidy $4.842 million signing bonus. The lowest paid offensive linemen in the NFL make the league’s base salary of $310,000. So, yes, they can all afford any Mac(s) they desire.
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: For Dallas Cowboys linemen and any poor Windows suffering Cowboy fans who’ve stumbled here from search engine land:
Brand new Apple Macs start at just $499. Go check out Apple’s Mac prices here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lance” for the heads up.]