Kyler Murray recently took to Twitter, and posted a picture of a personal quote of his, without a caption. This exact caption expressed Murray’s desires to choose a professional career in football instead of playing baseball for the Oakland A’s.
The two-sport athlete and 2018 Heisman recipient made his announcement public amidst a flurry of a thousand retweets and likes on Twitter and in the caption, Murray makes it clear that a football career has always been a dream of his and in 2019, he plans to act on that very same dream.
As quoted, Murray’s decision to play football full time will allow him to hunker down and focus on an extensive training regimen leading up to March’s NFL Scouting Combine where Murray will flash his talents in the hopes of being the first quarterback taken off the board in April’s draft. As the ninth overall pick in the MLB Draft, Murray could make draft history and become the first athlete in history to be selected in the first round of both the MLB Draft and NFL Draft. Neither Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, who both had baseball careers adjacent to their NFL stardom, could relate to that.
This announcement comes at the chagrin of the Oakland Athletics, who swore that Murray was going to at least consider a baseball career. The news is revelating to the A’s staff and front office, especially when their spring training kicked off on Monday, with position players reporting to camp on Friday. Murray’s baseball deal called for him to receive $1.5 Million within 30 days of the deal’s approval last summer by the MLB and by $3.16 Million on March 1st, per a report from ESPN News Services.
Since he’s not going to play, which should’ve been the indication because of his prior announcement to attend the combine only a week ago, the A’s will get their money back guaranteed, and will not have to give Murray the remainder.
Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” Murray wrote in the picture posted to Twitter. “I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”
Updated Mock Drafts, like CampusSports.net’s own version here, schedules Murray to go to a quarterback-needy team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants or Miami Dolphins, all of which need a new man under center in their 2019-2020 campaigns. Miller also reports that Murray will have his pro day in March as well.