As his MVP chances rise with each passing week and every dynamic performance, no one is questioning Kyler Murray's decision to pursue professional football over baseball.
Not that there was much of a debate when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft fresh off winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. Murray's Heisman campaign came after the Oakland Athletics selected him ninth in the 2018 MLB draft months earlier, and he had to tell baseball "thanks, but no thanks" as he pursued football.
Now, after making arguably the play of the 2020 NFL season — an escape and lofty spiral dubbed the "Hail Murray" to DeAndre Hopkins, who caught the ball over three defenders for the win — Murray knows he made the right choice, but still admits he misses the diamond.
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"I know where I'm supposed to be at," he told CBS Sports radio program "Tiki and Tierney" on Monday. "If I would have chose baseball, I think I would be missing the hell out of football a lot more. For me, I wish I could do both."
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at State Farm Stadium. (Photo: Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports)
"You could!" host Brandon Tierney interjected, referencing former NFL-MLB hybrid Deion Sanders.
"I definitely feel like I could," Murray replied. "I never say never. As of right now, man, I'm having fun doing what I love."
Murray's current contract, four years worth $35.15 million and a traditional fifth-year option, would void if he left for MLB, according to Spotrac. But Murray is hopeful his second contract may offer the necessary "wiggle room" to pursue both sports.
It's not just baseball Murray misses. As a three-sport star growing up, Murray steered his focus toward baseball and football, meaning his time on the hardwood went by the wayside, but not his passion for basketball.
"I played baseball, football, basketball my whole life growing up," he said. "I mean, I miss basketball. I didn't get to play basketball as much as I may have wanted to, but yeah, I miss baseball for sure. Just being in the box, being out there with the guys, competing."
Through nine games, Murray has scored 27 touchdowns — 10 rushing — and is completing 68.2 percent of his passes with eight interceptions and 2,375 yards.
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