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It's hard to imagine how a college football star like Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray could go from an arm's length away from the Heisman-trophy and a College Football Playoff bid to quitting the game cold turkey. 


But according to Murray, as of this Monday morning, that's apparently the current plan. 

Murray was selected by the Oakland A's with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He didn't turn pro immediately, however, and was allowed to play college football. He's exceeded expectations, with 3,674 passing yards and 37 touchdowns along with 853 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. 


While it's no secret Murray is an incredibly talented athlete as a baseball player along with being a football player, this sort of abandonment of football seems unprecedented.


It's not the first time a player has chosen between football and baseball, but guys like Denver Broncos QB John Elway, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson or even Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston were all known for giving up baseball to play professional football – not the other way around. 

Of course, two of those three players were selected No. 1 overall in their respective NFL Draft classes. And the way Murray has been dominating at the quarterback position at Oklahoma this season, it's not an outlandish thought to consider Murray's future draft stock a comparable level.


You have to wish the kid the best in whichever sport he chooses to pursue, but this just simply isn't the kind of stuff you want to hear from your star quarterback one game away from a Big 12 title game and a possible College Football Playoff appearance after that. 


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