Kyler Murray Chooses NFL Over Baseball and A's

Baseball or football? Murray finally decides

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.

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

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."

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