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Tough choice ahead for two-sport star Kyler Murray

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Lane Penley, Staff Writer

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Kyler Murray was drafted by the Oakland A’s as the 9th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. It was pretty much determined that he would go on to play his professional career in baseball. The A’s had given him a five million dollar contract that still allowed him to play football at Oklahoma his last season. Murray also played baseball for the Sooners hitting 10 home runs and 47 RBI’s in the 2018 season.

Murray would go on to have a very successful career playing football for the Sooners; he was the Heisman trophy winner and threw for 40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards. He carried them to a 12-2 record which included a Big 12 championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

His success as a football player led people to talk about possibilities in the NFL, which leads us to today’s controversy of if he should go to the MLB or the NFL draft. Murray is a very good baseball player, extremely fast, agile, and light. He used this speed in football to his advantage by being able to scramble out of the pocket when put under pressure. His size, on the other hand, may be too small for the NFL right now, but he could gain weight from NFL training.

Murray’s situation is very similar to that of Russell Wilson, who played Minor League baseball before the NFL. Wilson is only five-foot-eleven and 215 pounds, almost the same size as Murray. This possibly means that the size will not be a disadvantage to him in the NFL.

He declared for the NFL draft on Monday, which was the deadline for all players that wanted to declare for the draft. This does not mean that he has to choose which sport he wants to play though.

Although whatever sport he chooses will be getting a very talented athlete, it would be very interesting to see him attempt playing both like another Deion Sanders.

Sanders gave his best advice to Murray: “Pick up a baseball bat and don’t look back.”

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