Kyler Murray’s hat choice creates a stir

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Nearly eight years ago, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick created a major stir by wearing a Dolphins hat. (Oh, simpler times.) Last night, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray created a stir (albeit not as major) with his hat choice at a Phoenix Suns basketball game.

Murray wore an Oakland A’s hat. That’s significant because the A’s made Murray the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft. Murray seriously considered playing baseball over football, before deciding in early 2019 to opt for football.

In November, Murray said he misses baseball, and that he’d like to play both sports. That’s simply impractical, but it’s impossible to rule out the possibility that Murray will wake up one day and decide that he’d like to return to baseball.

The vast majority of pro athletes don’t have the leverage that comes from the ability to player another sport at the highest level. If/when Murray decides (whether because he doesn’t like his NFL contract or because he’s simply had his fill of football) to leave football for baseball, he can do it — and the A’s or some other team surely would embrace him.

Currently, Murray would have to cut a check to the Cardinals in the amount of $11.6 million, if he’d walk away. Next year, the bonus forfeiture would become only $5.8 million. The next year (barring a contract extension), Murray can leave the Cardinals with no financial consequence.

It’s highly unlikely that it will happen. For most players, however, it’s an impossibility. For Murray, it’s at least on the radar screen.

36 responses to “Kyler Murray’s hat choice creates a stir

  1. yup, murray is going to give up the $35m (at least) qb check for AAA baseball and busrides- presuming they start him in AAA and not AA

  2. I hate baseball but if my kid were playing professionally I’d hope he chose baseball over football

  3. prophessor4 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:09 am
    yup, murray is going to give up the $35m (at least) qb check for AAA baseball and busrides- presuming they start him in AAA and not AA

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    Money isn’t everything. Not even close.

  4. prophessor4 says:

    March 5, 2021 at 11:09 am

    yup, murray is going to give up the $35m (at least) qb check for AAA baseball and busrides- presuming they start him in AAA and not AA
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    I get the sarcasm but I’m guessing you dont follow baseball since the majority of higher end prospects go from double A to the majors not triple a as the majority of minor league talent is in double a.

  5. 4hourelection says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:19 am
    prophessor4 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:09 am
    yup, murray is going to give up the $35m (at least) qb check for AAA baseball and busrides- presuming they start him in AAA and not AA

    ——————————————
    Money isn’t everything. Not even close.

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    Money isn’t everything? Do you have any idea how much the difference is between his current NFL contract and what he would make in the minors?

  6. One thing is for sure. You’ll have a longer career in baseball and a better retirement than you would playing football. It depends on the position, but quite a few NFL players have retired with CTE.

  7. 4hourelection says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:19 am

    prophessor4 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:09 am
    yup, murray is going to give up the $35m (at least) qb check for AAA baseball and busrides- presuming they start him in AAA and not AA

    ——————————————
    Money isn’t everything. Not even close.

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    Easier to say when you already have a huge pile of it.

  8. This kid was a top ten MLB draft picks. I dont think he would go broke playing baseball. If he didn’t pan out as a QB he would be floating around from team to team looking for a back up job.

  9. tapper0510 says:

    March 5, 2021 at 11:33 am

    This kid was a top ten MLB draft picks. I dont think he would go broke playing baseball. If he didn’t pan out as a QB he would be floating around from team to team looking for a back up job.
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    Correct he wouldn’t go broke but theres no guarantee that he would make and stick in the big leagues. Being a top pick in baseball isnt the same as being a top pick in basketball or even to a degree football, many and many of the top picks never even sniff the majors. Outside of the level of competition increasing it’s a huge difference going from aluminum bats to wood bats and not all can make the transition.

  10. With player salaries what they are now, I can’t see any NFL team allowing a key player to play baseball professionally. Especially a QB.

    Interesting, though, that Murray could walk away from the NFL in 2 years with no financial repercussions.

  11. He should do what Russell Wilson does and go to Spring Training with a team. Get your yearly fix of baseball out of the way.

  12. Kyler’s brother, KJ, coaches my son’s baseball team. Up until last year when the program joined Canes Southwest, that was their logo and they wore the A’s hat. Pretty sure Kyler’s just supporting his brother’s team here by wearing the throwback hat.

  13. AAA ??

    That’s a pipe dream.

    He’d be lucky to even be in A+ ball to start.

    He was drafted that highly in MLB because he was projectible because of his athleticism and his age.

    He was minimum 3 years away from the bigs…

    3 years later… its not quite as bright a star.

    All professional sports are hard…but you can’t just get buy with athleticism alone…He’d still have a long way to go before he was MLB ready…if ever.

  14. If Bo, Deion and Brian Jordan could do it, why not Murray. Cards can take out insurance on him. Ridiculous people can’t play multiple sports.

  15. Kyler you look great with the Oakland A’s ball cap on . Come join the team and be apart of the new stadium we’re opening soon here !!

  16. If he wore a hat of any other baseball hat we’d be sitting hear talking about Kyler and the A’s like they officially moved on from each other like some sort of bad romance.

  17. Last I looked, being an NFL starting QB is kinda a full time job, even in the off-season. If he’s not into it, kick him free. Let him go play minor league ball. The Cards need someone fully committed to the task at hand at the games most important posistion.

  18. crayoninbrain says:
    If Bo, Deion and Brian Jordan could do it, why not Murray. Cards can take out insurance on him. Ridiculous people can’t play multiple sports.
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    The guys you listed weren’t quarterbacks. They could miss tons of training camp and regular season practices, then show up on Sundays and play.
    Playing QB requires a ton more offseason film study. You need training camp to get in synch with your receivers and to be the leader of the offense. You can’t takes days off from practice like a running back or a DB can when the seasons overlap, which includes July through early October, even if your baseball team doesn’t make the postseason.
    Most good QBs spend some time working on timing and throwing with their receivers during the offseason. A guy as dependent on his legs as Kyler Murray needs to keep them fresh. Throwing a baseball and a football require different motions, and going back and forth between the two at the same time can mess up your passing efficiency.
    There are many reasons why a starting NFL quarterback could not and should not attempt to play two pro sports, especially ones that overlap as much as baseball and football.

  19. Spring training has started in Arizona. The A’s train in Arizona. The color of the hat looks cool. This is major league baseball. Sorry, maybe he’d get a signing bonus that would allow him to try to make the big league roster, but that transition at this point would be 50 million to one against. there is a lot to learn. Because of his name, maybe they’d skip rookie league and start him in low single A.

  20. If he has been smart, presumably by the time his contract is up, he will have enough money to comfortably enjoy the rest of his life. At that point, why bother getting beat up on a regular basis when he can go do something less dangerous that he enjoys.

  21. Nothing to see here, really. I am not trying to be sarcastic, but I have never understood the argument that baseball players have a longer shelf life than football. Realistically, if you are elite talent, then yeah you will last longer in both sports. But players in both sports seem to retire around the same age. That being said, if there was anyone that I could see actually making the jump, it would be Murray, as unlikely as it will ever be.

  22. The tradition from college to the pros is much harder for baseball than football or basketball. The majority of first round picks do not go on to long careers in baseball. It’s like they’re all QBs, and we all know the how way too many so called can’t miss QBs flat out bomb. There is nothing in college ball that is even close to Major league pitching. Just as FB DCs scour game video to find weaknesses in opposing QBs, every pitch of every at bat in every MLB game is being discected by looking for the kind of pitches and pattern of pitches to get them out. Most simply cannot adjust. Using a round bat to hit a round ball squarely is the hardest thing to do in the major sports. Especially as the ball sinks,rises,curves,cuts and drops at 75-100mph. Murray would be giving up one hell of a bird in the hand for a dream that might just fly away.

  23. Or maybe he was just wearing an A’s hat because he wanted to wear a hat to the game and had a free A’s hat from when he was drafted.

  24. I remember when Terrell Suggs wore a Yankees fitted during a post game interview, the Get Off My Lawn locals really pitched a fit and tried to make it into something it really wasn’t for several weeks. They coined it ‘disrespectful’ to the city and the fans, as if a person can’t wear a hat because they simply want to look coordinated. Smh

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