Kyler Murray convinced he could play baseball, football in same year

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Kyler Murray became the first athlete ever selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball and NFL drafts. He went ninth overall to the A’s in June 2018, and they paid him a $4.66 million signing bonus.

Murray never played professional baseball.

He won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2018, committed to football and went No. 1 overall to the Cardinals last spring.

Murray said during a visit to radio row during Super Bowl LIII that he wished he didn’t have to make a decision.

After his rookie season, Murray seems more convinced than ever that he could play both sports in the same year.

“I think I could,” Murray said Thursday, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “Athletically, I think, yeah, I could do it. I’ve been playing both my whole life. I would love to add that to the resume.”

It’s not a feat Murray is thinking about trying now, but he didn’t rule it out for the future.

“I don’t understand why in sports they try to marginalize it,” Murray said. “They try to make you pick one and I get it, but we’ll see. I think it would be fun. Right now, though, I’m just focused on football.”

The A’s still hold Murray’s baseball rights.

60 responses to “Kyler Murray convinced he could play baseball, football in same year

  1. I’d laugh if he were in single A for baseball then came into late August reported to the Cards and just had a garbage year. As a Seahawk fan, I fully endorse his 2 sport aspirations.

  2. Bo & Dion already proved that it could be done by a freak athlete. Is Kyler a freak or does he just think he is? It sounds like he is questioning that. If he’s planning on doing it, he better not wait as long as Jordan did. You gotta keep that skill set improving to keep up with the other pros that are freaks at one sport.

  3. if he spends the spring & summer playing baseball, when does he have any time to put in his quarterback work? Does he think he can play baseball until September or October & then just show up at football practice ready to go?

  4. It can be done, it HAS been done (Bo Jackson was a all-pro and all-star the same year), but not with a QB. It can be done at positions that require elite athletic ability, like CB, RB, WR, etc. It’s not going to happen with a QB (the QB doesn’t exists that can give up his off-season and not effect him), if not just because of the schedule. Lets say your baseball team does make the WS, and is playing into November, is your NFL team OK with that? how about when you miss mini camp every year because you just started your MLB season? At best, you have a QB detached from the rest of the team

    Add into that, they would have zero recovery time to get healthy, let alone time to work on their craft (both for baseball and football). Not time to build chemistry, etc etc. (Also will never happen with a lineman/lb, as their body needs the down time)

  5. NFL QB might be the most difficult position in all of sports. The amount of time and effort needed on and off the field to be great is way too much to consider playing another sport.

  6. If you want to shorten your career… go for it! I’m not a Cards fan.
    Young people think they’re immortal…

    Both throwing a football and a baseball are unnatural motions, there’s a limit to how many can be thrown before doing it at a high level becomes impossible.

  7. Well it would be hard and would shorten his careers in both and any flaw in his games would be magnified in the court of public opinion. The one thing for sure is that he would not be able to play at the highest levels in both. Can you imagine a 4 inception game and how the Twitter entity would roast him?

  8. I saw a few of his games this year. I think he will be a very good QB, assuming Steve Keim can surround him with any kind of talent (which would be surprising).

  9. Too much is required of a top quarterback being a leader and key teammate of the offense. If he wants to be a backup, go for it!

  10. All these smart guys know what it takes to be an NFL QB. News flash, the offense is pretty much set from last season. Missing a game or two a week in baseball makes it workable. QB or not, don’t matter, desire is what it takes.

  11. I think this is Kyler’s Ego talking more than anything, deep down he has to understand it would be damn near impossible to play as a starting QB in the NFL and then play MLB in the off-season, it is not going to happen.

  12. Lots of non-athletes trying to tell Kyler what he cannot do. Kyler was able to quarterback at a high enough level in college to win the Heisman trophy, make the college football playoffs, and become the number one draft pick; all the while also playing baseball.

    If you are not a high level athlete, or a knowledgeable football or baseball coach, your opinion on what Kyler can achieve is uninformed and irrelevant.

  13. insightfulcomments says:
    January 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm
    He hasn’t proven he can play in this league at a high level yet.

    We already know it can be done, but I doubt it at the QB position.
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    Uhh Kyler Murray proved over his rookie season he can play in this league at a very high level and has future super star written all over him. Murray was only the 2nd QB in NFL History to throw for over 3500+YDs and rush for over 500+YDs throwing for 3700+ passing yards w/ 20TDs to 12INTs while completing 65% of his passes & rushing for 544YDs and 4 more TDs. Murray was the 1st QB since Andrew Luck in 2012 to have 7 different games with a passer rating of 90+ or above in his rookie season and ranked 14th in QBR rankings with a QB ranking of 55.6 as a rookie ahead of several big name QB’s such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Phillip Rivers etc. And Murray managed to do all of that without much around him as it was largely the same cast of characters who the year before posted one of the worst seasons in league history offensively with Josh Rosen starting.
    QB Kyler Murray is one of the best young QB’s in this league and is a favorite to be the next young breakout star at the position in 2020. Murray can do it all, he’s advanced passer for a young QB who’s deadly accurate to all levels of the field and stays just as accurate throwing on the run to either his left or right, he can play inside the pocket and outside of the pocket outside of the structure of the play & oh yea he has 4.3 speed & is deadly on the move with any kind of green grass in front of him and is extremely elusive running with the ball in his hands. Murray is only going to get better and better in the future and with a few more weapons around him next season w/ his rookie year behind him he’s set to make a huge leap forward in his 2nd year in the league.

  14. Yeah well see, any baseball team worth it’s salt would expect you to work on your baseball game during their offseason. You might be the big man on campus in the NFL but your baseball chops aren’t there yet, Bub.

  15. “Yeah well see, any baseball team worth it’s salt would want you to work on your baseball game during the offseason. You might be the big man on campus in the NFL but your baseball chops aren’t there yet, Bub.”

    Anyone selected in the first round of the MLB draft has already proven their baseball chops. MLB teams don’t hand out $4.66 million signing bonuses to incapable players.

  16. Kyler no you can’t do, your all ready a QB and even though you played outfield, still requires throwing the ball a lot, you will end up having Tommy Johns surgery in a couple years

  17. somuchdramainthepft says:
    January 16, 2020 at 10:51 pm
    Bo & Dion already proved that it could be done by a freak athlete. Is Kyler a freak or does he just think he is? It sounds like he is questioning that. If he’s planning on doing it, he better not wait as long as Jordan did.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Which Jordan, Michael or Brian?

  18. Sounds to me his football career isn’t going as good as he thought it would. NFL is different than college. Question is he looking for a way out?. Just because he would like to play baseball doesn’t mean he would be on a major league roster. More likely AAA

  19. It’s a great problem to have, to be blessed with that kind of athletic ability. I’ve said it before, it seems unlikely, but it’d be so cool to see him try. It wouldn’t be easy having two full time jobs, but nothing in life worth doing is.

  20. “I don’t understand why in sports they try to marginalize it,” Murray said. “They try to make you pick one and I get it,”

    Do you?? You just contradicted yourself in the same sentence.

    Let me help you…..If as an owner I’m going to make you the face of my multi-billion franchise and pay you millions upon millions of dollars, I want some focus and dedication from you. And some level protection against injury.

    Here endeth the lesson.

  21. He is attempting to accomplish an individual feat within the realm of two team sports. If we were talking about an athlete who thinks he could simultaneously play golf and tennis, that would be different.

    Team sports require the individual to be part of a whole, and as such fully committed to the team winning the next game. When Deion Sanders did this, it was about Sanders, not about the teams he was playing for.

    Can you imagine the Cardinals running their offense during training camp with Murray off playing baseball? How’s that going to work? What happens when coaching changes are made, and new offensive schemes and plays come with them? How does Murray learn this stuff with the rest of the offense if he’s out playing baseball, or worried about his next MLB game? Murray is the Cardinals starting QB, which means he isn’t going to have time to play baseball.

    Bud Grant had it right. He played professional football, and then NBA basketball, but didn’t try to do both during the same season.

  22. “If Deion Sanders could then Murray could”
    ________________

    Apples and oranges. Deion was an amazing athlete and the way he played d-back it was primarily athletic ability and instinct. An NFL QB probably spends more time on film in a week than Deion watched in a month. And it’s quite possible Deion NEVER watched film in the offseason but try to find a successful QB who isn’t studying year round.

  23. Did you see all of the dejected, gloomy and demoralized looks he had while walking off of the field, he looked like a 12YO that can’t handle losing, he’d better just work on football full time for a few years until he gets it!

    And how the hell does Murray win OROY over Minshew when Minshew had a better year, especially when you take into consideration he was a 6th rounder and Murray was the 1st overall pick, I really expect a lot more out of a #1 overall than what he brought to the table this season!

  24. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 8:50 am
    “Yeah well see, any baseball team worth it’s salt would want you to work on your baseball game during the offseason. You might be the big man on campus in the NFL but your baseball chops aren’t there yet, Bub.”

    Anyone selected in the first round of the MLB draft has already proven their baseball chops. MLB teams don’t hand out $4.66 million signing bonuses to incapable players.
    _________________________________

    Seriously in a sport that hands out >$100mil contracts like candy on Halloween $4.66mil is chump change!

  25. Nope. The other 2 guys that did (Bo Jackson & Dion Sanders) played RB and CB, instinct positions. Quarterbacks have to be in total control on every play and need the most preparation time. Also, injuries play a huge role. Unless he’s elite at baseball (draft status doesn’t define that in baseball), missing him for a few games isn’t a huge deal. If the starting QB is hurt, the game and possibly the season, is in jeopardy. The Cardinals need to say “Make the playoffs and we’ll discuss it. As of now, the answer is NO”.

  26. The offseason in AA baseball in Podunk Wisconsin wouldn’t stroke his ego! Stick with football until you master that! He’s got a long way to go to be a successful pro QB yet!

  27. Steve Cunningham says:

    “Seriously in a sport that hands out >$100mil contracts like candy on Halloween $4.66mil is chump change”

    So your position is that MLB teams do not value first round picks and hand out almost $5 million to anyone regardless of talent. I question how you know about the business of baseball.

  28. if you wanted to get paid more you should of chose baseball.

    but if you choose to be a NFL QB and want to be great then you have no time for baseball.

    if you have time for baseball then you have time to watch film and work on being a better QB.

    it was easier for dion and Bo because RB and DB are nothing like playing QB.

    those guys could roll out of bed and be the best at their position, I remember bo wouldnt even do training camp or the first few games, show up and dominate.

  29. hawkkiller says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:14 am
    insightfulcomments says:
    January 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm
    He hasn’t proven he can play in this league at a high level yet.

    We already know it can be done, but I doubt it at the QB position.
    ————————————————–

    Uhh Kyler Murray proved over his rookie season he can play in this league at a very high level and has future super star written all over him. Murray was only the 2nd QB in NFL History to throw for over 3500+YDs and rush for over 500+YDs throwing for 3700+ passing yards w/ 20TDs to 12INTs while completing 65% of his passes & rushing for 544YDs and 4 more TDs. Murray was the 1st QB since Andrew Luck in 2012 to have 7 different games with a passer rating of 90+ or above in his rookie season and ranked 14th in QBR rankings with a QB ranking of 55.6 as a rookie ahead of several big name QB’s such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Phillip Rivers etc. And Murray managed to do all of that without much around him as it was largely the same cast of characters who the year before posted one of the worst seasons in league history offensively with Josh Rosen starting.

    Blah blah blah. I can make a stat say anything I want it to. Kirk Cousins has stats but do you want him guiding your team in the postseason? No. Stats are for people who really don’t watch the game. Plus who cares in someone’s first year?

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