NORMAN — As Kyler Murray continues to flash his football brilliance, the Oklahoma quarterback was asked Monday afternoon if he could really give the sport up and move on to a career in professional baseball.
“I feel like I can play in the NFL, but as far giving it up, as of now, yeah, that’s the plan,” Murray said, shutting down a follow-up question.
Murray had previously said he didn’t know if a career in football was possible given his baseball contract with the Oakland Athletics. His agent, Scott Boras, said NFL opportunities wouldn’t threaten Murray’s baseball career.
The Athletics selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He was awarded a $4.66 million signing bonus.
OU recently launched a “Kyler Knows” Heisman campaign, drawing similarities between he and former two-sport star Bo Jackson.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Murray will “absolutely” get drafted by an NFL team.
But being a potential NFL quarterback while also playing professional baseball is what makes Murray’s case different than that of Bo Jackson’s or Deion Sanders’ — neither of whom carried the load of a quarterback.
“Conventional wisdom would think, like in spring, that he would have a hard time going from throwing a baseball to throwing a football,” Riley said. “He can athletically transition between the two. So then it comes down to physically holding up, and then the mental side of it.”