He stayed at Oklahoma University to play a full season at quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy for America's best college football player. Murray will likely receive eight figures of guaranteed money if he is taken in the first round, so following his heart also makes financial sense. Murray's locker remained empty on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the spring training clubhouse of the Oakland Athletics, who say they are uncertain when or if the Heisman Trophy victor will report to the baseball team he signed with last summer. But perhaps Murray can slip in, a beneficiary of not only his athletic skills but also the success in the recent past of Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield - shorter QBs who have proven themselves on the National Football League level.
The NFL Combine is set to begin on February 26 with the 2019 NFL Draft scheduled for April 25 in Nashville.
Murray, an outfielder in baseball, declared for the 2019 National Football League draft last month and could now be the first person to be picked in the first round of the National Football League and MLB drafts.
The 5-foot-10 Murray was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
In his lone season as the full-time starter at Oklahoma, Murray was electrifying. This isn't the equivalent of Ken Griffey Jr. or Bryce Harper walking away from the game; Murray is hyper-talented but plenty raw-possibly a star, but not a phenom.More news: Senate panel approves Trump attorney general nominee
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Murray is a rare type of playmaker and I wrote an entire column on how he is one of the players uniquely qualified to help the Broncos potentially beat Patrick Mahomes in the AFC West going forward.
He was due to report to spring training with the Athletics on Friday, with club officials still unsure of Murray's intentions before his statement on Monday.
But as Murray leaves baseball, it's worth wondering whether or not he represents some grander failing on the part of the sport: Is baseball a destination for the country's best and brightest athletes? Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty.
Kyler Murray's mind is made up.