Kyler Murray’s agent and former college coach are hitting back at a former NFL general manager who bashed the Allen High School product’s character on national television.
Earlier this week on NFL Network, former Washington Redskins executive Charley Casserly claimed his sources blasted Murray’s interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine and criticized the Heisman Trophy Winner’s leadership, study habits and board work.
But Erik Burkhardt, Murray’s agent, issued a fiery statement on Casserly’s report to Pro Football Talk.
“The bottom line here is that it calls into question the motives of a man to get on national television and cite anonymous sources on things such as ‘leadership’ and ‘study habits’ about somebody he’s never met,” said Burkhardt. “Look, if you don’t like Kyler’s game, it’s cool. If you don’t like his size and want to talk about that, that’s fine, too. If you’re into a Heath Shuler-type looking guy, then hype those guys and say why. But when you slander the character and work ethic of a young man who’s worked his ass off his entire life and done everything right to put himself in his current position, you’d better cite your sources and come with a better record than 18-46 as a G.M. of the Texans.”
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Lincoln Riley, Murray’s head coach at the University of Oklahoma, also defended his former quarterback on The Dan Patrick Show.
“Kyler was a tremendous leader for us,” said Riley. “All he cares about is winning. I think our team took on that personality, without a doubt. As far as processing an offense, he just had the greatest single season in the history of college football so I think he can process just fine.”
Murray will participate in Oklahoma’s Pro Day on March 13th.