Kyler Murray Chooses NFL Over Baseball and A's - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Kyler Murray Chooses NFL Over Baseball and A's

Baseball or football? Murray finally decides



    Newy: Kyler Murray Will Be First-Round Pick in NFL

    Allen High School product Kyler Murray announced on Monday he will pursue a career in professional football instead of baseball. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will be a first-round draft pick in the NFL despite being undersized. (Published Monday, Feb. 11, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy. The Oklahoma Sooner's 7th player to win the award.

    • Murray was born in Bedford and attended Allen High School.

    • Murray won three straight state championships at Allen, and finished his high school career with a perfect 42-0 record as starting QB.

    Heisman Trophy winner and Allen native Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics.

    Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. He is a football quarterback and he is eligible for this year's NFL draft, which starts April; 25.

    Allen Coach Knew Kyler Murray Was 'Special' Before HeismanAllen Coach Knew Kyler Murray Was 'Special' Before Heisman

    "He's a once in a lifetime guy…no doubt. Once in a lifetime," said Coach Cory Cain, Defensive Coordinator at Allen High School.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 10, 2018)

    Oakland, which started spring training workouts Monday, had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him.

    Murray tweeted: "Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback."

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android