NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray heard all the chatter on television about whether he would play professional football or baseball.
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner finally has relief, however, after deciding to pursue an NFL career.
“It's been good kind of just getting it [the decision] out there and peace of mind, all that stuff, just released it,” Murray said. “I woke up the next day feeling good about what took place. For me just being able to focus on football only is the easy part.”
Murray believes the Oakland Athletics drafting him in 2018 was the best situation for him to leave the door open on football.
The A’s, who selected Murray ninth overall in the MLB draft, allowed him to quarterback the Sooners before hanging up his football helmet for good.
OU’s 2018 season was all Murray needed, however, to prove to the NFL and himself that he could play football at the highest level.
“I put a lot at risk coming back to play football,” Murray said. “A lot.
“But at the end of the day I was hoping to put myself in this position. This past season I kind of went and did that. Here we are.”
Murray was honored late in the first half of OU’s men’s basketball game vs. Texas today. He received a loud ovation from the Lloyd Noble Center crowd as he stood at center court with the Heisman Trophy in hand.
Murray’s next stop is the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.
It’s still undetermined how much the former OU quarterback will do in workouts and drills.
Although, Murray was definitive about one thing. He won’t be playing baseball, no matter how much hope the Athletics might have he’ll change course.
“I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to,” Murray said. “I’m going to play football.”