The time for simply dipping his toe into football’s water is over for Kyler Murray as the former Oklahoma quarterback announced on Monday that he’s all in on pursuing a career in the National Football League.
If you haven’t been following his story closely, Murray was a first-round selection of the Oakland A’s in the latest Major League Baseball draft. The A’s allowed Murray to continue his football career at Oklahoma for one final season in 2018, which turned out to result in a Heisman Trophy and a Playoff berth for the Sooners. Oklahoma lost to Alabama 45-34 in the Orange Bowl National Semifinal, but Murray came out looking well in the defeat to the No. 1 Crimson Tide.
Following that game, Murray announced he would leave school early and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft but that kept his baseball options alive, as well. Now, however, Murray has apparently decided to turn down a career in baseball as the pre-draft activities leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft are beginning to heat up.
Murray will now have to give back the A’s the bonus money he accepted from the franchise, which is reportedly around $5 million.
It’s unclear where Murray projects to be taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, but many believe he will be selected in the first round of the draft.
Murray officially announced his intentions with the following message on Twitter: