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Kyler Murray explains why he is choosing the NFL over Major League Baseball

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray wins the 2018 Heisman Trophy

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.

For former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, it’s football over baseball.

On Monday, Murray announced via Twitter that he would focus on becoming an NFL quarterback. The decision came less than a year after the Oakland A’s selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

NFL Research tweeted that Murray could be the first person to be taken in the first round of both the MLB and NFL drafts.

Murray is coming off a standout football season with the Oklahoma Sooners. Murray was the Heisman Trophy award winner and helped the Sooners make the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Murray cited his love of football as his reason for making football his sole pursuit. In fact, he wrote: “I was raised to play QB.”

Murray wrote on Twitter: “Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback. Football has been my love and passion my entire life. 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.”

Here is his entire statement:

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that Murray received about a $5 million signing bonus from Oakland (which he’ll have to repay), and if he’s the last pick in the NFL’s first round, he’ll get nearly $5 million as a signing bonus and roughly $10 million guaranteed.

Murray likely will go earlier than 32nd in the NFL draft.

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.


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