Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said Saturday that while it was “obviously hard” to tell the Oakland Athletics he wouldn’t be playing baseball, he remains committed to pursuing the NFL.

“For me, it was something I’ve known for a while,” Murray said of his football plans. “That organization, being with the A’s, 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.”

Either way the A’s retain his baseball rights.

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

“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.”

In his first season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, he led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff and captured the Heisman Trophy

Dude is a beast. 

Football seems to be his thing he’s best at. 

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