Kyler Murray chooses football

Chris Lingebach
February 11, 2019 - 5:27 pm
Kyler Murray chooses football

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After great delay, and maybe least informative interview of all time, Kyler Murray has chosen football.

The 21-year-old announced his intentions on social media on Monday.

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.

"I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."

This type of clarity is prerequisite to teams' willingness to spend a first-round pick on a quarterback. How could they justify the pick otherwise?

Murray has already proven his first-round value in another sport; he was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in 2018, drafted as an outfielder. It was the looming specter that Murray might choose baseball as his profession which gave NFL clubs pause.

Murray, a two-sport star at Oklahoma, slashed .296/.398/.556 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 2018, swiping 10 bags.

There are valid financial arguments for him choosing either sport. In baseball, money is guaranteed, but Murray could stand to make more as a quarterback, if he's a successful one. That's the gamble.

The NFL scouting combine kicks off in Indianapolis on Feb. 26.

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