Kyler Murray Announces He’s Choosing The NFL Over Baseball

Two-sport star Kyler Murray on Monday announced which of his passions he will pursue.

Oakland A's draft pick and Oklahoma QB prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday he will commit to a football career in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Moreover, while Murray the football player would have the opportunity to increase his earnings significantly after three years in the NFL, Murray the baseball player would enter a system that doesn't reward the most productive years of a player's life.

While Murray will be participating in both the NFL Combine and NFL Draft despite already being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, it remains to be seen as to where exactly the reigning Heisman Trophy victor will come off the board come late April. The move ends a saga that started last June, when the Athletics picked No. 9 in the Major League Baseball draft, and ramped up as Murray put together a Heisman Trophy-winning season as the Sooners' quarterback.

Should Murray be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft as expected, he will be the first player drafted in the top round of the MLB and NFL drafts.

"He's really fun to watch on a football field, and he's going to be fun to watch on a baseball field".

Murray, 21, was drafted ninth overall by Major League Baseball side Oakland Athletics in June previous year.

In his lone season as the full-time starter at Oklahoma, Murray was electrifying.

According to ESPN, Murray will have to return $1.29m of his $1.5m signing bonus and will not receive the remaining $3.16m. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine.

Though he likely lost a future outfielder, Billy Beane at least kept his sense of humor during the Kyler Murray saga.

Murray is set to take part in the National Football League combine, where college prospects perform physical and mental tests in front of National Football League coaches and scouts, on 26 February before the first round of the draft on 25 April. The dearth of high-level quarterback candidates in this draft doesn't hurt Murray for sure, and now, we'll have to see how this could impact the Cardinals - picking no. 1 overall - if at all.

Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played football and baseball, but both men played less demanding positions: Jackson was a running back and Sanders a cornerback. Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty. Murray scored a combined 54 touchdowns, which is tied for the ninth-most in NCAA Division I history.

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