Kyler Murray chooses the NFL over the MLB

Kyler Murray chooses the NFL over the MLB

Two-way sports star Kyler Murray has made his decision and will pursue a career in football. The Heisman Trophy winner was the 9th overall selection in last years MLB Draft.

 The long anticipated decision has finally been made. Kyler Murray announced on twitter will forgo professional baseball in hopes of pursuing a career as a quarterback in the NFL. 


Murray complied a .261/.381/.466 slash line over his two seasons on the diamond at Oklahoma, launching 10 home runs and driving in 53 across 78 games. While his success on the football field goes without questioning, the Athletics selected him with the 9th pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.


While he wont join the likes of Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan or Jim Thorpe, Murray will go down in the history books during the 2019 NFL Draft. He will, likely, become the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of two major professional sports drafts, and might even go in the top 10 in each.

The Oakland Athletics and Kyler Murray agreed on a $4.66 million signing bonus shortly after the draft, most of which will be returned to the ball club.


While throwing away nearly $5 million seems crazy to most people, Murray will likely make all of that back and more. The Action Network’s Darren Rovell estimates that over his first 10 seasons, Murray will make nearly $150 million more in football than he would in baseball.



Kyler Murray is a athletic freak of nature, who will likely endure success on the gridiron. It would have been cool to have a modern two-way sports star, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.

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