After deflecting all season long, there appears to be a new comment in the arsenal of Kyler Murray concerning the future. Continuously facing questions from analysts, the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback constantly shot down any rumors of a future in football. On Friday, the junior told Andy Staples that he’d like to play both football and baseball at the professional level — making the statement official for the first time this year.
Kyler Murray: “I’d like to do both [football and baseball] if possible. But I don’t know how possible that is.”
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 7, 2018
Of course the logistics of it all remain a difficult equation to solve. Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 overall draft pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Murray received a hefty pay day. Granted what many considered a single season to play football at the collegiate level, no one expected the level of success Murray has experienced this year. Considered the front runner for the Heisman trophy, the Sooner could very easily receive a first round draft grade.
Assuming that’s the case, the outfielder/quarterback may find a home in the NFL…but it comes with a catch. Any franchise willing to draft the eligible player must have some kind of guarantee before utilizing a first round selection on Murray. With at least one game left before a decision must be made, this is easily one of the more interesting storylines to follow.
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