Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball

Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball

Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball

Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the summer, announced on social media he was going to stick with football over baseball as MLB spring training opens up and the NFL draft lurks two months away.

Now that Murray won't be joining Oakland - he was due to report to spring training on Friday - his focus will shift to the National Football League scouting combine in Indianapolis which begins February 26. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in Bowl Subdivision history.

Back in October, Kliff Kingsbury was still the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders when a reporter asked him about Oklahoma Sooners standout quarterback Kyler Murray.

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 almost $5 million as a signing bonus and roughly $10 million guaranteed.

Still Forst said, "We'll focus on what we need to do to make sure that if he comes back to baseball at some point, he comes back with the A's". While there is a provision for a team to get an extra draft pick in the following draft if it fails to sign a player selected prior to the fourth round, there is no such provision for a player who signed and then decided not to play. We could even see another team offer the Vikings a haul, likely including multiple first-round picks, in order to draft the 2018 Heisman victor.


Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are the highest-profile dual-sport stars, as both played baseball and football at the same time in the 1990s.

Herbstreit also gave a warning to teams that might pass on Murray.

It is a devastating blow for the A's, who drafted Murray as an outfielder with the ninth pick of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.

In today's National Football League it is much harder to hurt a quarterback, even a mobile running quarterback. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".

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