Kyler Murray introduced on social media Monday that he’s giving up baseball and can pursue his goals of being an NFL quarterback.
FILE PHOTO: Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws towards the Alabama Purple Tide right through the fourth quarter of the 2018 Orange Bowl school soccer playoff semifinal sport at Onerous Rock Stadium. Necessary Credit score: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports activities
“Shifting ahead, I’m firmly and entirely committing my lifestyles to being an NFL quarterback,” Murray began within the put up. “Soccer has been my love and my interest my whole lifestyles. I used to be raised to play QB, and I very a lot sit up for dedicating 100% of myself to being the most productive QB imaginable and profitable NFL championships.”
That shuts the door at the chance he’s going to play for the Oakland Athletics, who made him the No. nine general pick out in remaining June’s draft. After the draft, Murray signed with the A’s and won a $four.66 million signing bonus, a fee he must go back.
In keeping with revealed experiences, Murray will go back $1.29 million of the $1.five million he won remaining yr. He forfeits the remainder $three.16 million due March 1.
Additionally, The A’s will put Murray at the limited checklist and retain his rights, however they’ll now not obtain a repayment draft pick out.
Murray used to be granted permission to play one ultimate yr of soccer at Oklahoma remaining fall sooner than reporting to the A’s, and he received the Heisman Trophy.
Murray, an outfielder, used to be invited to spring coaching by way of the A’s. Place avid gamers are because of arrive on Friday on the workforce’s spring coaching complicated in Mesa, Ariz.
Some NFL mock drafts have Murray being drafted within the first spherical, and Murray will be the first athlete ever drafted within the first spherical by way of each an NFL and MLB franchise, in keeping with ESPN’s Box Yates.
At Oklahoma, Murray guided the Sooners to a 12-2 file, an look within the Faculty Soccer Playoff and a No. four ultimate score. The redshirt junior handed for four,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 rankings. He led the country in overall yards, issues answerable for, yards in keeping with cross try and yards in keeping with finishing touch.
With the exception of the Heisman, Murray’s long checklist of honors come with the Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, AP Participant of the Yr, USA As of late Participant of the Yr and Giant 12 Offensive Participant of the Yr.
Murray is scheduled to wait the NFL Scouting Mix, to be held Feb. 26-March four in Indianapolis.
“I’ve began an in depth coaching program to additional get ready myself for upcoming NFL workout routines and interviews,” he persisted in his social media put up. “I eagerly look ahead to the chance to turn out to NFL resolution makers that I’m the franchise QB on this draft.”
—Box Stage Media