OU football: Kyler Murray faces tough decision because no option is bad
Everyone has advice for Kyler Murray.
Honor that contract with the Oakland A's and play pro baseball, some suggest. The injury risk is lower, so it's more likely to have a longer career and a healthier life.
Give pro football a try, others retort. There's more money to be made in the NFL. More fame to be had, too, especially at quarterback.
Come back to college, Sooners beg. Win another Heisman, and stake a claim as the best college quarterback ever.
After the San Francisco Chronicle broke the news Wednesday night that Oakland A's execs expect Murray to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft, the what-Kyler-should-do debate has become even more pitched. It's so hot and heavy that at least one sportsbook is taking bets on his future. You can wager on whether he will be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft or what will happen first for Murray, hitting a home run in the majors or throwing a touchdown pass in the NFL.
The odds on those bets, by the way, tilted in favor of “yes” and “throwing a touchdown pass” on Thursday morning.
The sports world is infatuated with what Murray will do.
But here's the truth: Kyler Murray can't make a bad decision.
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Now, I don't mean to say that he has an easy decision. Quite the contrary. Murray faces an extremely difficult choice. These are likely excruciating times for him, trying to make sense of what he wants to do, trying to figure out how he wants to spend the next few years of his life.
Because he plays quarterback, there's not much chance he can play football and another sport professionally at the same time. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders and a handful of other supremely talented athletes did it, but none were quarterbacks. The demands of that position are so high that it just isn't possible to double dip.
Maybe Murray could do one now and the other later, but still, he has a gut-wrenching decision because of the position he plays.
And you thought being a quarterback was so glamorous.
But Murray can rest a little easier knowing that every decision is a good one.
There will be financial security no matter what he does. His lifetime earning might ultimately be larger in one sport, but the signing bonus he will receive from Oakland or an NFL team would be more than most of us will make in a lifetime. He will be set for life regardless.
There will be great opportunities no matter what Murray chooses, too. Nothing will be handed to him. He'll have to work. He'll have to earn it. But as a high draft pick in baseball or football, he will be in situations where the people around him want him to succeed.
Are there risks in each option?
Maybe Murray will never figure out how to hit a curve ball. Maybe he won't be able to elude NFL defenders. Maybe he gets hurt.
But everything in life has risks.
So what should Murray do?
It sounds a little corny, but I would tell Murray to follow his heart. Pick the option that he falls asleep thinking about and wakes up smiling about. I suspect he's well-versed on mechanics and specifics of every option — he seems measured and astute about such things — but there is surely one choice that makes him a little more excited, a little more giddy.
Go with your gut.
Do what you love.
I don't have a clue about what Kyler Murray should do, but I know how he should feel when he makes his final decision. He should be excited about what comes next.
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