Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses National Football League over MLB

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

"Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November.

Murray cited his love of football as his reason for making football his sole pursuit.

The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and 2018 first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics released a statement on Twitter declaring his intent to play in the NFL. But perhaps Murray can slip in, a beneficiary of not only his athletic skills but also the success in the recent past of Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield - shorter QBs who have proven themselves on the National Football League level.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray added. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine.

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Murray has the potential to be the first athlete ever chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft and the NFL Draft in the same 12-month span. Murray is projected to be a first-round or second-round pick in the NFL Draft this spring.

And as The Athletic's Dane Brugler pointed out recently, "Over the last three years, 10 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted in the first round were selected by a team who traded up to secure the pick".

However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. He is their QB of the now and the future, so the Green & White won't be in the Murray sweepstakes. What kind of draft class could they form around him? But just as Murray had to weigh the NFL versus MLB, so too will thousands upon thousands of kids in youth leagues or high school or college. "Kyler Murray would make a lot of sense in that situation given that Miami loved Baker Mayfield a year ago".

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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