The next Bo Jackson/Deion Sanders?
Evan Ferguson, Sports Editor
Former two-sport phenom (baseball & football) at Oklahoma University, Kyler Murray, has a decision to make on which sport he will choose to play for, the rest of his career before this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. Or maybe he doesn’t.
The star quarterback for the Sooners football team and outfielder for the baseball team has already been drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 9th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Murray signed a contract with the A’s shortly after being selected, however with a twist. Because he was drafted before he could play his junior season at Oklahoma, Murray negotiated that he be allowed to play out his junior year for the football team due to his love for the game, and the concern he may end up choosing to go pro in the NFL, had he performed well in his first year as the starting quarterback.
Kyler Murray won the Heisman trophy in 2018 playing at OU, an award that goes to the most outstanding football player in all of college football. So yeah, he has some options.
Murray attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas. He led his football team to 3 state titles, winning 43 games in a row, spanning from 2012 to 2014. He missed one game throughout his high school career due to an injury, leaving his record as the starting quarterback, 42-0. His stats were like that of something you would see on a video game, as you could imagine. That being said, there was a line out the door of college football scouts hoping he would decide to play for their university.
That was his high school football career, in a nutshell. Some forget due to his dominating success in college football, that Murray played baseball as well for the Sooners and in high school.
In 2015, Murray was considered one of the top prospects for the MLB Draft. In high school, he was the first ever player to be selected to play in both, the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game and Under Armour All-American Football Game. Murray, however opted out of the MLB Draft to attend Texas A&M. He was supposed to be a starting infielder for the Aggies baseball team before announcing his departure from the university on December 17th, 2015 to Oklahoma.
Murray’s accolades include the following:
Gatorade Football Player of the Year (2014), 2x USA Today All-American, 2x Mr. Texas Football (’13,’14) USA Today Offensive Player of the Year (2014), First-team All-Big 12, First-team All-American (2018), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award (2018), Associated Press Player of the Year (2018), Davey O’Brien Award (2018), and as mentioned before, the Heisman Trophy.
In a recent interview, Murray said he would love to play both football and baseball if it was possible, and no one can blame him. Bo Jackson made it work and he’s considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. Whether Murray chooses to play baseball or football, or both, it’s going to be something to watch.