NORMAN, Oklahoma. – Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said Saturday that while it was "obviously hard" to tell the Oakland Athletics he would not be playing baseball, he remains committed to pursuing the NFL.
"For me, it was something I" Murray said of his football plans. "That organization, being with the A, was the best possible situation for me just because they were so great throughout the football season, kind of leaving me alone and letting me do my own thing, and at the same time letting me know how much I meant to them and that type of stuff. Telling them was tough. "
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That does not mean Murray, who was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the A's last summer, is about to change his mind, as A's retain his baseball rights
"I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want," Murray said. "I'm going to play football."
While holding the Heisman Trophy, Murray was honored Saturday during a first-half timeout in the Oklahoma's men's basketball game against Texas at the Lloyd Noble Center.
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"The night I was drafted to the A's – obviously it was a great day of my life – but I've been a football player in my whole life, "Murray said. "I did not know how the NFL felt about me before this season because I did not play.
" Going into this [football] season, [the goal] was to put myself in the best position possible. Obviously, when you win, good things happen. A lot of good stuff happened this year. "
In his first season as Oklahoma's start quarterback, he led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff and captured the Heisman Trophy, giving Sooners their second consecutive Heisman winner after 2017 winner Baker Mayfield
Despite the signing of a contract with A, Murray announced this month that he was entering the NFL draft and would be playing football instead. He reiterated Saturday that he will be going to the next week's NFL combination, although he has yet to reveal how much he will be participating in Indianapolis.