Kyler Murray commits to pursuing National Football League career and turns back on baseball

Dolphins rumors: Kyler Murray ‘would make a lot of sense’ for Miami

After transferring to Oklahoma from Texas A&M, Murray was the Sooners' backup quarterback behind Heisman victor and future No. 1 NFL pick Baker Mayfield for the 2017 football season. The club agreed to let him play football during his junior year at Oklahoma before requiring him to report to the A's.

Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision to focus on football going forward, leaving nearly $5 million on the table from the Oakland Athletics who drafted him 9th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Although baseball's guaranteed contract structure is alluring for the select few players who reach arbitration and free agency, choosing the National Football League offers Murray a more certain financial future.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray added.

The 5-foot-10 Murray was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Those numbers eclipsed former Sooners team-mate and fellow Heisman victor Baker Mayfield, who was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 National Football League draft.

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He is projected to be a first round pick in several mock drafts, including those conducted by NFL.com and ESPN.

In October, first-year Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested as Texas Tech's head coach that he would take Murray first overall in the upcoming draft.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in NY. This isn't the equivalent of Ken Griffey Jr. or Bryce Harper walking away from the game; Murray is hyper-talented but plenty raw-possibly a star, but not a phenom.

Murray is coming off a standout football season with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Part of that is because they have been linked to Murray in the pre-draft process.

That, more than anything, is what baseball should fear: That Murray's choice isn't simply one man capitalizing on his abilities, but a sign of how hard the sport will have to work to capture the minds and hearts of the next generation-and that at the end of the day, it may not be enough.

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