Sport Cardinals' Kyler Murray brings up playing baseball again: 'I'm just talking'
Rams' Sean McVay once pranked Kliff Kingsbury into thinking he'd lose Kyler Murray in NFL Draft
McVay took advantage of the first-year NFL coach as he learned the ropes.That was the case ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, when third-year Rams coach Sean McVay pranked first-year Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. The former Texas Tech coach had just been hired in January and was still learning the ropes of NFL rules — something his NFC West counterpart took advantage of.
Kyler Murray isn't closing the door on playing baseball. At least not yet.
The Cardinals quarterback discussed the idea with reporters Thursday. He knows it's not an option as long as he's with Arizona, but he likes to keep talking about it.
Kyler Murray continues to talk about playing pro baseball at some point. He knows he can't, he acknowledges the Cardinals certainly aren't thinking that way, but he says -- with a smile -- he doesn't want to close the door.
"I'm not trying to start anything, I'm just talking."— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter)
Murray was selected ninth overall by the Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft as an outfielder after logging a .296 average, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases as a junior at Oklahoma.
Judy Murray backs Naomi Osaka after her French Open withdrawal
Murray, mother to Grand Slam winners Andy and Jamie, says she completely understands Osaka's anxiety about facing the media, adding the media demands on tennis players are high.The 23-year-old from Japan said last week she didn't want to take part in press conferences at Roland Garros to 'protect her mental health'.
Certainly, Murray would have a chance to make it as a major leaguer if he decided to take up baseball full time, but it doesn't seem likely that he will be leaving the NFL any time soon. He posted 3,971 passing yards, 819 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season with the Cardinals and nearly led them to a playoff berth in his second season.
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury likes him — "I think we all know the talent is immense, and he has a chance to be as good as anybody in this league,"earlier this offseason — and if Murray continues to play well, he should earn a lucrative contract extension from the Cardinals.
That would likely mean no baseball, but with a potential nine-figure contract in tow, Murray wouldn't mind.
As such, it looks as if Murray will be a football player unless he can talk his way into becoming a two-sport athlete or pulls a Tim Tebow and goes straight to the minors once his NFL career is over.
But if all goes well, the latter scenario wouldn't come up for quite some time.
How NSW hung this Origin hero out to dry .
Brett Finch, who went from schooners to State of Origin in 24 hours, will always remember the sound. "I could've kicked it from f--king Moore Park, I hit it that well," he told Wide World of Sports of his famous 2006 field goal, which won NSW that year's series opener."I was pretty confident when the ball was coming to me and when I hit it, I knew I'd struck it well. It's like when you hear a six at the cricket, just that middle of the bat."I knew just with the sound of it. It's one thing with pressure, you don't even think; 'It's close to 40 [metres out], I'm just making sure I get the distance'.