Cardinals’ Murray still interested in pro baseball

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Arizona Republic, Kyle Murray may want to give baseball another shot. Murray gave up on baseball to be the top pick by the Arizona Cardinals.

He actually signed with the Oakland Athletics after being their draft pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. However, they allowed him to play one more season of college football.

That was his best college season, where he was able to enter into the Heisman mix. He won the prestigious award – and his season opened up the NFL eyes to potentially have a career in the league.

Republic columnist Bob McManaman asked Murray if he would go back to baseball in the same year that he played baseball. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were the last dual sport athletes in the NFL and MLB.

“Athletically, I think yeah, I could do it,” Murray said. “I’ve been playing both my whole life. I would love to add that to my résumé. I don’t understand why in sports they try to marginalize it. 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.”

When Murray was drafted by the Athletics, he was a Top 10 pick. While Murray gave this response, there is no indication that he is considering walking away from the Cardinals.

If Murray did try to play baseball, it may void his guarantee money.

The 22-year-old Bedford, Texas native had a good rookie season. While his record did not show it (5-10-1), he went 349 of 542 for 3,722 yards. He also threw 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.

He had five games, where he passed for more than 300 yards in a game. His best game of the season came in a 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, where he passed for 349 yards.

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