In Kyler Murray‘s brief NFL career, he has quickly become one of the game’s most exciting talents. Murray has helped put the Arizona Cardinals back on the map as a legitimate playoff contender. However, the attention around him has shifted back toward his first love.
Kyler Murray’s strong start to his NFL career
Since Kyler Murray decided to solely pursue his football career at Oklahoma, his future in the sport has continued to become brighter.
Following winning the Heisman Trophy award in his final collegiate season, Murray has quickly become a promising star talent in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals committed to him as the face of the franchise after taking him with the first overall pick in last year’s draft.
Murray has demonstrated his tremendous dual-threat ability that made him one of the most exciting NFL talents. The 23-year-old has shown poise as a passer, while his elite speed has caused many problems for opposing defenses. Murray has already set numerous NFL records, including becoming the first player to record a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in a game eight times in the first nine contests of a season.
Despite all that, the talk around his love for another sport continues to hover around him.
Kyler Murray remains open to possibly playing baseball
Before Kyler Murray fully committed to playing only football, he had a promising future ahead as a baseball player.
His talents on the baseball diamond helped him become the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He demonstrated flashes of promise as he hit .296 with 10 home runs, 47 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in the Cap Cod Baseball League in 2018.
With his decision to play football behind him, Murray voiced during an interview with Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio this week that he misses baseball.
“I played football, baseball, basketball growing up my whole life. I miss basketball. I didn’t get to play as much as I may have wanted to. But I miss baseball, for sure, just being in the box, being out there with the guys competing,” Murray said. “I know I’m where supposed to be at. If I had chosen baseball, I’d be missing football a lot more. For me, I wish I could do both. I definitely feel like I could. I never say never, but as of right now, I’m having fun doing what I love.”
Murray’s comments raise an eyebrow a bit, given that he still has a strong connection to baseball. He’s still under a $4.66 million deal with the Athletics, who hold his rights if he returns to playing the sport. His remarks have been deeply dissected, but he does emphasize that he would miss football if he chose baseball.
He had to make the tough decision to walk away from the sport, but there are previous players, such as Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, to play both sports. It’s a challenging task to do, but Murray is certainly gifted enough to handle it possibly.
Focus remains entirely on playing football
Much will be made of Kyler Murray’s comments, but his commitment is clearly toward playing football for the Arizona Cardinals.
Murray is a pivotal part of the Cardinals’ strong start this 2020 season, currently tied atop the NFC West with a 6-3 record. Beyond this year, he has the chance to lead the franchise to plenty of success for many campaigns ahead.
Arizona has put a strong group of offensive talent around him with DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyon Drake, Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk. Beyond Fitzgerald, the front office has some long-term pieces around Murray that should keep them in playoff contention for many years.
Questions around baseball will remain around him, but his dedication is to the Cardinals for the foreseeable future.