Kyler Murray is going all-in on his pursuit of an NFL career.
The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner announced Monday he was “firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback.”
Murray was also the No. 9 pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft and was due to report to spring training on Friday. But now his focus will turn to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, which begins Feb. 26.
“Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” Murray wrote in a picture posted to Twitter. “I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”
In opting for football instead of baseball, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus he received last year and forfeit the remaining $3.16 million, according to ESPN.
Oakland A’s president Billy Beane said earlier in the day that the team was holding out hope he would stay the course with baseball.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz