Deion Sanders is the most decorated two-sport athlete ever, yet he’s got some advice for fellow football/baseball star Kyler Murray: Stick to baseball.
Murray, taken 9th overall by Oakland in Monday’s MLB draft, still hopes to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Murray transferred to OU in 2015 and threw 21 passes last season. The 20-year-old’s got a good shot at starting for the Sooners but Sanders admitted he thinks Murray shouldn’t follow in his footsteps.
Appearing on 105.3 The Fan, Sanders questioned the reason to have the conversation saying Murray’s possible commitment “doesn’t even make sense to me.”
Murray is definitely passionate about football, but his reasons for leaving it behind make perfect sense. For one thing, he’s due for a roughly $5 million contract with the Oakland A’s. Plus, not only do baseball players make more money long-term, but they don’t have to worry nearly as much about possible CTE. Furthermore, if Murray wants to pursue football he still can if he flames out of the minors quickly. The avenue isn’t completely shut. With Coronavirus, a lot of players are practicing at home these days anyhow.
It might seem like a no-brainer for Murray to choose baseball as Sanders suggests, but it’s not a given – even if it’s the most logical choice. The Oakland A’s rolled the dice and will attempt to make the two-sport star a pure baseball player.