Kyler Murray shoots down potential return to Oakland A’s

Murray reiterated his commitment to playing football

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MESA, Ariz. — Don’t expect Kyler Murray to have a change of heart anytime soon.

The Heisman Trophy winner spoke to reporters at the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon. Asked about potentially changing his mind about playing football with the A’s still holding on to his baseball rights, Murray made sure to clear up any doubt.

“I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to,” Murray said. “I’m going to play football.”

The A’s drafted Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. They allowed him to play one more season of football with the hope he would focus solely on baseball shortly after the season.

After months of debate over what sport he would choose, Murray made it official via Twitter Feb. 11 when he released a statement announcing his intention to focus on pursuing a career in the NFL as a quarterback.

“The night I got drafted to the A’s — obviously it was a great day of my life — but I’ve been a football player my whole life,” Murray said. “I didn’t know how the NFL felt about me before this season because I hadn’t played.

“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.”

Murray is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine which begins next Tuesday in Indianapolis.

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