QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL over Major League Baseball
QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL and Combine Training
Kyler Murray dispelled all concerns related to his dual-sport aspirations with a bold announcement on Twitter.
Monday via Twitter, Kyler Murray committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.
“Moving forward, I am fully and firmly committing my life and time to becoming an NFL Quarterback.”
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Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, but was allowed to play his final season of football at Oklahoma. With the Sooners in his only season as a starter, he won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 following Baker Mayfield with back to back Oklahoma winners for the prestigious award. This success demanded him to reevaluate his future as a two sport athlete or which sports profession to select.
Kyler Murray would be the first athlete to be selected in the 1st round of the both the MLB and the NFL Drafts. Many consider him a first round selection. Draft Insiders‘ ranks him currently as a Top 50 Prospect entering the NFL Combine 2019.
Murray decided to walk away from his $4.33 million contract with the Athletics, which called for him to report to big-league camp at the end of February. He’ll have to return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he received in a signing bonus from the Athletics in 2018. He will forfeit the remaining $3.16 million of his contract if he fails to continue his career and report to spring training camp later this month.
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