"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", said Murray.
Kyler Murray has made up his mind.
"I have started an extensive program to further prepare myself for the upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews", Murray said.
Because of Murray's height and slight build, there is some apprehension from NFL evaluators about his long-term success in football. Murray is a unique case as someone good enough to play both baseball and football at a high level, but the decision of which sport to pursue is one already happening at lower levels, as adolescents turn into teenagers and have to pick one sport going forward. Until Monday. Now, Murray will turn his sights toward becoming a first-round choice in the April NFL draft. "I eagerly await the opportunity to prove to National Football League decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft".
Murray's sparkling athleticism and all-around skillset led the Oakland Athletics to select him No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in NY.
"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, said before the announcement. Oakland is now due a refund of $1.29 million of the bonus, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, and Murray will forfeit the future $3.16 million payment.
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.
The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners a year ago.
There will always be kids who choose baseball, either because they love it the most or because their talents on the diamond outstrip their skills on the gridiron or basketball court. "But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two".